MORGAN BRITTANY: The Lincoln Portrait and the future of America

Actress Morgan Brittany performing "The Lincoln Portrait" by Aaron Copland for La Mirada Symphony's "Salute to America."

Actress Morgan Brittany performs Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” for La Mirada Symphony’s “Salute to America.”
Friends catch up backstage at La Mirada Theatre, La Mirada, California

Friends Morgan Brittany and Yakovetic catch up backstage at La Mirada Theatre, La Mirada, California

Symphony Conductor Doctor Frelly and actress Morgan Brittany enjoy the event reception.

Symphony Conductor Doctor Frelly and actress Morgan Brittany enjoy the event reception.

“When my good buddy Joe Yakovetic asked me to be part of the La Mirada Symphony ‘Salute to America’,” revealed actress Morgan Brittany, “I checked YouTube to see who had done the ‘Portrait of Lincoln.’  I saw Henry Fonda and said, ‘I’m in!”

Symphony Board Member Joe Yakovetic immediately thought of Brittany to narrate the piece. “Our events do very well,” he said, “but this time it was a capacity crowd.  The Orchestra and Brittany received a standing ovation when the concert ended.  She was perfect!”

Brittany, a member of the PolitiChicks, is concerned about the direction our country is going. “There seems to be a lot of negativity about our future in the media.  There is a lot of negativity when you speak to people about where the country is headed.  It’s kind of a mess.”

Aaron Copland penned the symphony for full orchestra in the 1940s.  Toward the end of the composition is a narration about Lincoln and his writings.  The thing that struck Yakovetic most about the narration was its relevance to where America is today.  “The words Lincoln wrote inspired people almost 150 years ago.  I think they still inspire people today.”

Brittany wants to motivate people to remember Abraham Lincoln and the leaders that made America great. “The Lincoln Portrait evokes so many different emotions,” mused Brittany.  “When you hear the things that Abraham Lincoln said you realize what difficult times we have been through in the past.”  She paused.  “Yes, we are in difficult times now, but we have been through them before.  This piece tells you that things have been tough before and we can survive it!  We are not lost.”

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