The Lincoln Bicentennial Gala celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincolns birth with a concert event featuring actor Sam Waterston, the Louisville Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera star Angela Brown. Taped in February 2008 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, the program is hosted by award-winning journalist and Louisville native, Bob Edwards.
The Louisville Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Mester, and the Kentucky Opera Studio Artists open the program with The Battle Hymn of the Republic. A special feature of the gala is a dramatic presentation of Lincolns own words and image by Waterston and noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. This portion of the program is available online as a Lincoln education resource.
Met star Brown performs two spirituals and Three Prayers from the opera, Margaret Garner. The program concludes with the orchestras premiere of a composition by Peter Schickele, Lincoln at Ease, featuring tenor Daniel Weeks; banjo player Tony Trishka; Schickele on harmonica; and narration by Edwards.
This production was funded in part by the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Arts Council.