Music of the Civil War Era
At the outset of the Civil War the hopes and aspirations of both North and South were echoed in music full of pride, determination, confidence, and even arrogance. Yet as the horrors unfold and time drags on, the music turns more towards thoughts of home and peace and the end of conflict. Join Dr. David Hildebrand for a musical survey full of familiar tunes with the fascinating stories behind them -- from John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid to "The Bonnie White Flag." Appearing in period costume, Dr. Hildebrand will perform musical selections of the time accompanied by guitar, banjo, flute and voice (a piano is requested but not essential). Appropriate images may be shown if a projector and screen are available. Adult and family audiences.
David Hildebrand teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory, and he is finishing a history of music in Maryland for The Johns Hopkins University Press. He and his wife Ginger Hildebrand have been performing professionally for museums, historical societies, schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country since 1980, focusing on American music. Dr. Hildebrand received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Catholic University of America, his M.A. in Musicology from George Washington University, and his B.A. in Music from Dickinson College.