The Kissers' Ken FitzSimmons

WWI, Wisconsin, And Why It Still Matters

A Rock And Roll History Show

UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall
800 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
United States

Event Description:

The Greatest War is a multimedia live music exploration of the modern, living legacy of the First World War and the uneasy truce that ended it.

How are the events of World War One relevant to us today? Have we moved past this conflict, or are we still struggling with its consequences?

First performed in front of a sold-out crowd on November 11, 2018–100 years to the day after the Armistice, The Greatest War: World War One, Wisconsin, and Why It Still Matters lays bare that legacy while searching for meaning in The War to End War.

Equal parts rock opera and documentary, The Greatest War uses music, imagery, and words to tell the story of the Armistice and the war that lead up to it. Using letters, diaries, and articles written by and about Wisconsinites, connects the past with our world today through compelling music accompanied by theatrical lighting and a live display of photos, film, and artwork from the period.

The Kissers contribute seven new originals as part of more than 20 songs woven in among readings of period letters and diaries, and projected images. Also performing are Sean Michael Dargan,John Wedge, Hanah Jon Taylor, Joe Nosek, November Criminals, and The Viper & His Famous Orchestra.