Songs of Betrayal
ET TU, BRUTE? Then Fall Caesar
Beware the Ides of March
Is any un-heeded warning more frightful? Poor Julius Caesar, he never saw it coming — and from so many in the Senate! Luckily, his assassination in 44 BCE has inspired this week’s exploration of songs about betrayal.
Backstabbing. Sneakin’ around. Tippin’ through alleys. Two-timing. You get the idea. Betrayal is a veritable gold mine of great Louisiana music.
And we’re joined along the way by Tulane History Professor Kenneth Harl, a student favorite. Harl makes a strong case for New Orleans resembling a city-state of Ancient Rome. He’s got the low-down on Senate intrigue back in the day, our Roman roots, and the ways of the heart.
We also are playing a slew of somebody-done-somebody-wrong songs.
So gird whatever needs girding, and join us in the safety of good story-telling and music. This is a show you can’t afford to miss.
But, please, watch your back.
Here’s the “good part” from the 1953 Joseph Mankiewicz film “Julius Caesar,” featuring Louis Calhern as Caesar & Edmond O’Brien as the dagger-wielding Casca.