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St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year on major events that took place in Missouri. The Show Me State had more battles on its soil than any other states except Virginia and Tennessee.

Missouri’s Contentious Role In Civil War Explored Through Music

(via Flickr/Jo Naylor)

As a border state during the Civil War, the state of Missouri was home to numerous battles and skirmishes.  The state’s residents were divided, supporting both sides of the war.

Barbara Harbach is the composer of a new work called “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for String Orchestra.”  The piece has three movements and each represents a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s role in the Civil War. 

Host Steve Potter talks with Barbara Harbach, composer and professor of music at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, in advance of the University of Missouri – St. Louis Orchestra’s performance of the piece on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Theater at UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Steve also talks with conductor Robert Howard and UMSL professor of history Louis Gerteis.

Gerteis was a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on in August to talk about his book on Missouri’s role in the Civil War.  You can listen to that interview by clicking here.

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