In case you missed the final CPH event of 2015 — “Hailing Columbia: Music and Politics in the Founding Era” — a video of the forum is now available.


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The event featured Professor Kirsten Wood of Florida International University.  With the help of musicians from SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dr. Wood provided attendees with an opportunity to listen to the music of the early republic and understand the political and metaphysical purposes behind the programming of such songs as “Hail Columbia,” “Jefferson and Liberty,” and “To Anacreon in Heaven,” better known today as the melody for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Professor Wood discussed the many political purposes of music during the founding era of the United States, including its use as a tool of political manipulation, taunting of adversaries, and enjoyment during Independence celebrations.