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Writer: Don Sparhawk
Tony and Emmy award-winning actor Edward Herrmann will be the featured guest artist at the fourth annual "Patriots and Pioneers" musical tribute at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg on Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m.
This year's performance will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln. Herrmann, who will be the voice of Lincoln, will be featured in Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" and an original musical work featuring the Gettysburg Address.
The performance of patriotic and spiritual music will be held in the BYU-Idaho Center and will feature several hundred BYU-Idaho students, including the BYU-Idaho Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Collegiate Singers and Symphony Band.
Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students or by calling 496-3170 or ordering online at tickets.byui.edu. The concert is open to those 6 years of age and older.
Herrmann boasts an impressive career that spans more than 30 years in the theater, in films and on television. He is best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayals of Franklin D. Roosevelt on television, and to younger generations for his role as Richard Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls," as a ubiquitous narrator for historical programs on the History Channel, and as the spokesman for Dodge automobiles in the 1990s.
He is known for his portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the made-for-TV movie, "Eleanor and Franklin" (1976) and the sequel, "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (1977), both of which earned him Best Actor Emmy nominations, as well as in the first feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Annie" (1982).
Herrmann also earned an Emmy in 1999 for his guest appearances on "The Practice." He was nominated for a Tony Award for "Plenty" in 1983 and Emmys in 1986 and 1987 for his guest-starring role as Father Joseph McCabe on "St. Elsewhere."
His film career began in the mid-1970s, playing supporting roles as Robert Redford's partner in "The Great Waldo Pepper," a law student in "The Paper Chase," the idle, piano-playing Klipspringer in "The Great Gatsby" and opposite Laurence Olivier in "The Betsy" (1978). Among his better known roles are as the title character in "Harry's War" (1981), Goldie Hawn's rich husband in "Overboard," and Reverend Michael Hill in Disney's "The North Avenue Irregulars."