Actor and New Orleans homeowner John Goodman will join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestraon Veterans Day (Nov. 11) for the premier performance of “Dreams of the Fallen” a choral and orchestral composition at the National WWII Museum. “Dreams of the Fallen” was written by Jake Runestad, who hopes to convey the psychological aftermath of war on returning soldiers. The work was inspired by the poetry of U. S. Army veteran Brian Turner.
“Thousands of veterans struggle to assimilate back into everyday life after living through a traumatic wartime experience,” said Runestad in a written statement. “We hear very little of the continued struggles that these soldiers experience and so I hope to shine a light on their stories with this new musical work.”
Goodman will recite passages of poems by Turner during the performance. He will appear in the upcoming feature film “The Monuments Men,” about the U.S. Army team tasked with recovering art treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War II. “The Monuments Men is scheduled for release in mid-December.
In addition to “Dreams of the Fallen,” the LPO will perform “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland and “Belle of the Ball,” “Blue Tango,” and “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson.