“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

His words on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., were immortalized in U.S. History. Nearly 70 years later, President Abraham Lincoln’s own words were introduced into Aaron Copland’s work “Lincoln Portrait.” The piece, which features narrations of some of Lincoln’s great speeches, will be performed as the Quincy Concert Band presents “An Illinois Bicentennial” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Morrison Theater in Quincy Junior High School, 100 S. 14th St. Narrating “Lincoln Portrait” will be Mark McDonald, producer and host of “Illinois Stories” on local PBS affiliate WSEC-TV.

Conductor Dr. Trent A. Hollinger will conduct the band through pieces that reflect the diverse history and culture of Illinois as it celebrates its 200th birthday.  Regional composer Bill Camphouse will also be featured on the concert as the band performs his “Illinois.” 

There no charge for admission. However, donations are welcome to assist with the band’s expenses.

The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall concert each year. Members of the band come from all walks of life. The band rehearses weekly leading up to performances, which feature a variety of selections.