Monthly Archives: June 2014

Banner Moments NEH K-12 Teacher Institute—Off & Running!

COLLEGE PARK, MD: Supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Michigan’s American Music Institute in cooperation with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, the University of Maryland School of Music, and the Hampsong … Continue reading

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Arturo Toscanini’s Star Spangled Banner Resurrected

The New York Philharmonic will perform Arturo Toscanini’s World War II orchestral arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for its Star Spangled Celebration concerts on July 4, 5, & 6 (conducted by Bramwell Tovey) and July 14 in Central Park & … Continue reading

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Thomas Hamspon Poets & Patriotism Recital Program

Thomas Hampson’s program for our Poets & Patriotism recital at the U.S. Library of Congress has gone to press. It offers a historical survey of how American lyricists have confronted the issues of life in the United States, celebrating, negotiating, … Continue reading

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Spangled Mythconception #7: An Official Version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Exists

MYTH #7: There is a sanctioned traditional or otherwise official version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” CORRECTION: The 1931 act making Key’s song America’s anthem does not identify an official arrangement, in part because the song as sung in the 20th-c. … Continue reading

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Free Sheet Music for Your RaiseItUp! Flag Day Celebration

The Star Spangled Music Foundation is pleased to offer a free series of historical sheet music arrangements of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and related songs in celebration of the anthem’s bicentennial. In partnership with the Smithsonian’s RaiseItUp! Flag Day celebration, we … Continue reading

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Spangled Mythconception #6: Congress Made Key’s Banner the U.S. National Anthem

MYTH #6: A 1931 act of Congress made “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official anthem of the United States CORRECTION: This is absolutely correct in terms of the anthem’s legal status, but the bill approved by the House and Senate and … Continue reading

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Spangled Mythconception #5: The Banner as Baseball Ritual Begins with Babe Ruth & the 1918 World Series

Myth #5: The “The Star-Spangled Banner” as baseball’s game day ritual begins with Babe Ruth and the 1918 World Series Correction: The earliest documented performance of Key’s Banner in pro sports was on opening day at a baseball game in … Continue reading

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