Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Doo Dah Days - Stephen Foster Remembered

    The tenth annual Doo Dah Days: The Stephen C. Foster Music and Heritage Festival will take place Saturday, July 11 at the Butler Street entrance to Allegheny Cemetery
from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event, a collaborative venturebetween the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association and the Lawrenceville Historical Society, is free to the public.
Foster, who composed over 280 songs and musical compositions,was born in Lawrenceville in 1826. Following his death in January 1864 in New York City, Foster’s body was
returned to Pittsburgh, and he was laid to rest in AlleghenyCemetery.
    Trolley tours of Allegheny Cemetery will take place during the festival. There will be a slight charge for the trolley, which are staffed by skilled docents, who share stories about many of the famous people buried in Allegheny Cemetery.
    As in the past, food vendors and historical reenactors will be on hand to add to the gala event. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun as Doo Dah Days turns back the clock to the time of Stephen Foster’s most successfulperiod, the 1850s in a mostly rural America.

11:00 – 11:15 Introductions and opening remarks
11:15 – 12:15 Prof. Guibert and the 1913 Blue & Gray Reunion Band
 This brass band of Civil War reenactors specializes in “campfire entertainments” offering a stirring mix of patriotic melodies, waltzes, and soldier’s reminisces. In 2013, drummer Jim Smith marched from Pittsburgh to Gettysburg in remembrance of PeterGuibert’s original 1913 march to Gettysburg.
12:30 – 1:30 Home Front
 Appearing at their 10th Doo Dah Days (they’ve performed at all of them), Home Front is a group of musicians from Pennsylvania and Maryland who perform authentic Civil War era music in period style and dress. They are a Foster festival favorite. www.homefrontmusic.com
1:45 – 2:45 AppalAsia
 Few Americans realize how popular Stephen Foster’s music is in the Far East. AppalAsia presents a fusion of Appalachian and Chinese instrumentation and they’ll show you how easily Foster’s
music gets found in the translation. www.appalasia.com
3:00 – 4:00 Bay Chamber Players
 Are known for their ability to easily perform works in different styles including folk, country, jazz and classical genres. Foster’s tunes readily lend themselves to a chamber ensemble.

Throughout the afternoon
The Miracle Elixir Side Show
 An old-fashioned medicine show right out of the Victorian era,with plenty of amazing stunts and lots of laughs. www.miraclesideshow.com
Web page http://doodahdays.com

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