February 29, 2024

Vocal Point-Gail Smith

Topic:  Music and Christianity, particularly Patriotic Music.

Music has been great influenced by Christianity through the centuries. In America, there is a great deal of patriotic music—in and out of the church. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is, after all, a hymn. “America the Beautiful” is also a hymn. An accomplished musician with many published books and piano recordings is pianist Gail Smith. She also knows a great deal about women composers, who are often overlooked, such as Amy Beach, the first American woman to write a symphony. One of Amy Beach’s compositions was on the Ten Commandments. Gail Smith joins Jerry Newcombe to discuss Christianity and music, including patriotic music. www.gailsmithpianist.com