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The Better Angels of Our Nature

The Better Angels of Our Nature

Posted: November 3, 2015

Brian McCarthy is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He also says he is a Civil War geek. One more thing: Brian is the recipient of an FY2015 Creation Grant from the Arts Council—funding that provided him the opportunity to write a chamber jazz suite. For inspiration, he dug into the written words of Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address; these words came as the Civil War was looming. Brian says he found the words of a lawyer, a president, and a human in that address. In the words he found most human, he discovered the title for the suite. Read More