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Louisiana Newspaper Previews 4th Concert That Will Include DePauw Composer's Work

July 3, 2002

July 3, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "Another feature of this year's concert will be the local debut of a patriotic narration and musical composition by James Beckel," notes an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate, which previews the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's annual "Happy Birthday America!" concert scheduled for tomorrow in Lafayette, Louisiana. The story continues, "Entitled Liberty for All, the composition was a commission from the Composers' Forum. Beckel is principal trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony and is on the musical faculty at DePauw University. Dud Lastrapes, a former Lafayette mayor and military veteran, will provide the narration."

As noted in this previous article more than two dozen American orchestras will be performing Liberty for All at July 4th concerts across the nation. The legendary Boston Pops recently played the piece, which features texts from speeches of past presidents.