Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Columbia's Musick Plays "The World of George Washington," November 11

Chestertown, MD, October 30, 2006 — The Washington College 2006-2007 Concert Series Season continues with a performance by Columbia's Musick, "The World of George Washington," Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 8 p.m. in the College's Norman James Theatre, William Smith Hall.

Perfectly complementing Chestertown's 300th anniversary celebration, Columbia's Musick will perform "The World of George Washington," a dramatic and engaging musical portrait of our first president. Featuring stirring marches, celebratory songs, and chamber music from the collection of Washington's stepdaughter, Nelly Custis, their program promises to transform audiences to the eighteenth century. They will also delight with dance and theatrical tunes treasured by our founding father as well as songs lamenting his death in 1799 and festive music from later commemorations of Washington's birthday.

Columbia's Musick is one of the few groups in the country devoted to the seldom-heard music of early America. The ensemble has toured widely, performing their Washington concert at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and Boston's historic King's Chapel, where the group is Ensemble-in-Residence. Columbia's Musick is a member of the New England States Touring Roster, the New Hampshire Arts Council's Artist Roster, and the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists-in Education Roster. The ensemble members include D'Anna Fortunato, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Gregg, tenor; Peter H. Bloom, baroque flute; Judy Bedford, baroque bassoon; and Richard C. Spicer, harpsichord and director.

For ticket information and a free 2006-2007 season brochure, call 410-778-7839 or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839, or e-mail kbennett2@washcoll.edu. Individual tax-deductible patron memberships begin at $75.00. Contributing patron memberships begin at $150.00, supporting at $250.00, and sustaining at $500.00. All membership packages include two tickets, and all donations over the price of the tickets are tax-deductible. Season tickets are available at the box office on performance nights.

Season tickets and memberships can be purchased by check or money order from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.

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