John Philip Sousa’s Great-Grandson Featured This Coming Sunday

In the Muse - Library of Congress Peforming Arts blog | November 01, 2012
By Pat Padua

Sousa remains one of the most legendary figures ever to reside in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 pm, the Library of Congress presents a special tribute to Sousa’s music and legacy at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. John Philip Sousa, IV, great-grandson of the most storied bandmaster in American history, is joined by the Music Division’s own Loras John Schissel for a scintillating program. The afternoon will start off with a screening of the classic Henry Koster (1905-1988) film Stars and Stripes Forever (1952), staring Clifton Webb (1889-1966) as Sousa. John and Loras will discuss Sousa’s music and legacy as an American musical icon, as well as their new book John Philip Sousa’s America: The Patriot’s Life in Images and Words. They will sign copies of their book following the discussion. This rewarding afternoon will give an insight into the notion of living history, something all of our programs strive for at the Library.