Barbara Harbach’s A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for Orchestra will be performed by the University of Missouri – St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Howard on Thursday, November 1 – 7:30 PM in Lee Auditorium of the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri, One University Boulevard in St. Louis.

A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for Orchestra contributes to the historiography of Missouri through music inspired by the state’s entrance into the Civil War in 1862. The impetus for the Symphony is the 150th anniversary of the event in 2012. This composition continues to expand Harbach’s musical work based on St. Louis and Missouri landmarks including Freedom Suite for String Orchestra, inspired by the Dred and Harriet Scott legal struggle for their freedom, and Harriet’s Story for Soprano, Violin, and Piano, inspired by Harriet Scott and Harriet Tubman.

A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for Orchestra is in three movements, I – Missouri Compromise – a slave state (1820), II – Skirmish at Island Mound – African-American regiment (October 27-29, 1862) and The Battle of Westport – the battle that saved Missouri (October 23, 1864), each representing a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War. Each movement is prefaced by a statement placing the movement in the context of the Civil War, and the statements will be read by guest narrator Dr. Louis Gerteis.

Other works on the program are by Glinka, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

The November 1 program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-516-4100 or visit

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic, Chamber Music III (MS1257), Vocal Music (MS1256), Chamber Music II, ((MS1255) and Toccatas, Flourishes & Fugues, A Celebration of Hymns for organ solo (MS1254). For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit Her website is at

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