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June 7, 2002

CW concert celebrates 225th anniversary of the American flag

Join Colonial Williamsburg for a musical celebration of the 225th anniversary of the American flag in “Thirteen Stars and Stripes: The United States Gets a Flag,” a concert of 18th-century patriotic songs and marching tunes of the American Revolution. The concert will be held 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

David and Ginger Hildebrand will perform several selections on period instruments from the English guitar and English flute to the baroque violin, harpsichord and dulcimer. The repertory will include: “The President’s March/Sweet Richard,” “Irishman’s Epistle to the Officers and Troops at Boston,” “The Dance, A Ballad to the tune of ‘Yankey Doodle,’” “Don’t be Weary, Traveler,” “The Death of General Wolfe” and “A Song on LIBERTY. To the tune of The British Grenadier.”

David and Ginger Hildebrand specialize in the research and performance of early American music, with a focus on the colonial and Federal periods. Since 1980, this husband-and-wife team has performed, recorded and consulted for museums, historic sites and educational institutions throughout the eastern United States.

Various historical documentaries feature David and Ginger's recorded music, including the PBS series “Liberty!--the American Revolution,” and the forthcoming “Rediscovering George Washington.” The Hildebrands recently released their fifth recording, “George Washington: Music for the First President.” This recording, along with their other releases, is available for purchase after the concert. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Ginger Hildebrand earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She currently teaches classical guitar and does special solo outreach programming for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. David, who graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree, earned his master’s degree in musicology from George Washington University and a doctorate in musicology from Catholic University, both in Washington, D.C. He teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory and is finishing a history of music in Maryland for the Johns Hopkins University Press.

The concert fee is included in museum admission and is included for Colonial Williamsburg Liberty and Freedom ticket holders as well as Good Neighbor Pass holders. Reservations are required and can be made at any ticket outlet.

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Penna Rogers
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