Professor Patrick Allitt, the Cahoon Family Professor of History at Emory University, author, and lecturer will be our special guest at The Crown concert on March 3 at 7:00 pm. He will speak on the eccentricities, genius, and tradition that surround the crown and associated composers. In the end, after the ceremony and splendor, the music remains.

Britain has an exceptionally rich tradition of ceremonial music. The coronation of new kings and queens has always brought out the best in British composers. Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” is, in the long run, more important than King George II, for whom it was written. In a talk about the tradition of coronation music, Professor Allitt will contrast the eccentric personalities who wore the crown with the strange geniuses who wrote the music to acclaim them. On the balance, more credit goes to the musicians than to the monarchs!

Patrick Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of History at Emory University. He was born and raised in England, studied at Oxford University as an undergraduate and the University of California, Berkeley, as a graduate student. An Atlanta resident since 1988, he is the author of seven books and presenter of ten lecture series with “The Great Courses,” of which the most recent is “The Great Tours: England, Scotland, and Wales.

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