Music of Maryland, from Colonial Times to about 1820: P. Newman Lecture and Performance. Dr. David Hildebrand launches our program with a performance of early Maryland music, focusing on Frederick before and around 1820. Appearing in reproduction period attire, he will sing and play ballads and popular songs upon the harpsichord and period guitars and flutes. Given Frederick County’s connections to Francis Scott Key, he will speak on the true story of the birth of The Star-Spangled Banner in Setpember 1814, dispelling many myths.
Dr. David Hildebrand is a an authority on early American music and serves this field of study as a musician, scholar, teacher, consultant and suthor. He recently appeared on the PBS series History Detectives and is frequently interviewed on National Public Radio. His book “Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period tot he Age of Radio” will be availble for sale. (Books are limited.)
The annual P. Newman Lecture honors the civic leadership of the late Parsons Newman, who was a president of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Frederick County. This program is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hendrickson II, who created the Parsons Newman Memorial Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Frederick County.