Troy University to host free concert featuring music historian Bobby Horton

Posted: Thursday, 14 April 2016

TROY - Noted multi-instrumentalist, composer and music historian Bobby Horton will share the songs and stories of 19th century America during a concert at Troy University on Tuesday, April 26.

Horton will perform at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater in Janice Hawkins Park at the Troy Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Horton is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading authorities on the music of the U.S. Civil War era. His research into the music of the mid-19th century has uncovered literally thousands of period tunes, many of which Horton has recorded in his home studio as part of a 14-volume collection of authentic Civil War music. This acclaimed series of recordings has also led to a career in film scoring, including the Ken Burns documentaries "The Civil War" and "Baseball," two films for A&E Network and 16 films for the National Park Service.

"Bobby Horton's knowledge of Civil War songs and music are not only admirable but attest to his commitment to bringing history alive by focusing on the experiences and hardships of both Confederate and Union soldiers," said Dr. Margaret Gnoinska, assistant professor for history at Troy University. "Having Mr. Horton perform and speak about such songs and music provides a unique opportunity and offers much academic value to our TROY students, faculty, and the community at large."

The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Library.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.

For more information contact Dr. Gnoinska at

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