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Seasoned Performer Bobby Horton to Perform at Lee Chapel on Oct. 11

— by on October 2nd, 2015

Lee Chapel and Museum will present multi-instrumentalist, composer and seasoned performer Bobby Horton on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Lee Chapel Auditorium. The title of Horton’s event is “Songs and Stories of the Civil War.”

Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Lee Chapel and Museum Shop (540) 458-8095, Lexington Visitor Center and Pumpkinseeds in downtown Lexington.

Horton was raised surrounded by music; his father played the trumpet and his grandfather played the banjo. He also was exposed to the big band sound, jazz, classical, Southern gospel and hillbilly.

His love of history started at an early age. He enjoyed listening to World War II veterans telling their war stories and learning about the Civil War during the centennial celebration.

Combining these two loves turned into 14 volumes of authentic Civil War tunes, playing all of the period era instruments and singing all the parts himself. He found these songs while researching music from the mid-19th century for a film score that was set in 1863 in southern Indiana.

Horton has performed with the musical-comedy trio “Three On a String” throughout the U.S. and Canada for 40 plus years.

He also produced and performed music scores for 16 PBS documentaries by Ken Burns, including “The Civil War” and “Baseball,” two films for The A&E network and 21 films for “The National Park Service. His series of recordings of authentic period music has been acclaimed by historical organization and publications in the U.S. and Europe.