The Jewish Federation Connecting with Community program presents "Music in the Air: The Life and Music of George Frederick Root, A Berkshire County Native Son."
George Frederick Root, whose life and work became defined by the Civil War, was born in Sheffield in 1820 and was at one time the most popular singer-songwriter in America. His song, The Battle Cry of Freedom became perhaps the most universally sung patriotic song throughout the war years.
This multi-media presentation follows Mr. Root's life and music as it pertains to the Civil War. Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, his great-great-granddaughter, will narrate his life. Graham and Barbara Dean will sing his songs and Richard Meyers' slide presentation will show scenes from the Civil War and Mr. Root's life and times.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.