Join David and Ginger Hildebrand, renowned specialists of American music from the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal eras, for an hour-long concert filled with the patriotic songs, ballads, marches, dance tunes, and theater songs popular in America during Alexander Hamilton’s lifetime. Special music referencing Hamilton from the period and honoring him after his untimely death in 1804 will also be included. Period-appropriate instruments, including the violin, Baroque guitar, English guitar, hammered dulcimer, spinet (harpsichord), and English flute will be featured at this event as the Hildebrands bring their musical and historical expertise for this entertaining and educational program.
About the Hildebrands: The Hildebrands specialize in researching, recording, and performing early American music. Since 1980 they have presented concerts and educational programs throughout the country for museums, historical societies, public schools, and universities. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution, past sponsors include Mount Vernon, the National Archives, Colonial Williamsburg, The Society of the Cincinatti, and the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria. They have provided soundtrack materials and served as period music consultants for PBS broadcasts, including the series, "Liberty!--the American Revolution," and the one-hour specials, "Jefferson: A View from the Mountain," "Rediscovering George Washington," and "Anthem," which marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The soundtrack for "Anthem" is the Hildebrands' seventh CD recording, "Music of the War of 1812." In 1999, along with dance historians Kate van Winkle and Robert Keller, they founded The Colonial Music Institute.