Pamela Reinagel
Pamela Reinagel

Folk singer Pamela Reinagel will perform a concert of unaccompanied ballads memorializing the First World War. In this centennial memorial program, she will sing several unaccompanied folk ballads about the war and talk about the history that they illustrate.

Her lecture-concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (May 21) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy building on the Academy Village campus.

“I’m not an historian. Not even a history buff,” Reinagel confesses. “In school they taught us about countries and treaties and battles. I thought it was boring – and utterly irrelevant to my life.” She points out that folk songs, on the other hand, describe the war from a very personal and emotional perspective.

There are songs about life in the trenches and devastating battles, about unsanctioned truces and Red Cross nurses. “The more history I learned, the more poignant and tragic the stories became,” Reinagel says.

Reinagel lives in San Diego with her two children. She is a professor of neurobiology at the University of California San Diego, where she also teaches a course on the history and culture of American folk songs. Her father, Fred Reinagel, is founder and artistic director of The Vail Chorale, a local community chorus sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District.

Written by Sharon Stetz, Academy Village Volunteer

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Folk Songs Tell the Personal Side of World War I: May 2015
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