Five Centuries of Musical Traditions in Frederick County Symposium will start at 9:00am with the trio “Tasker’s Chance,” who will play music from the illuminated songbooks of John Thomas Schley (1712-1790). Schley was one of Frederick’s earliest residents and served as a schoolmaster and choirmaster for the German Reformed Church.
(10:30am) Hollis Thoms will present the musical legancy of Frederick’s mayor, musician and diariest Jacob Engelbrecht (1791-1878). Thoms’ program includes a rare recording of the Star Spangled Banner as arranged by Engelbrecht’s son Philip in 1876; a live performance on a French Horn and a unique recording of a composition by Engelbrecht’s nephew John Conrad Engelbrecht.
(1:30pm) Mezzo soprano Tracie Luck will present “Wadw in the Water: An Exploration of African American Spirituals.” Once named “Miss Frederick 1993,” Ms. Luck made her New York City Opera debut in an opera by Grammy Amward winning composer Richard Danielpour and librettist Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with world renowned opera singer Jessye Norman.
(2:45pm) “Relevant Reveries: Songs from the Past the we Play in Maryland Today.” The Frederick Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players performs music often played today, and discusses how it relates to Mayland’s musical past, including music of European composers, Colonial America and tavern music.
(4:00pm) Representing the 20th and 21st centuries will be Frederick’s Scott Ambush, lead bassist for the contemporary jazz supergroup Spyro Gyra. Five-time Grammy nominated bassist, composer and luthier, Ambush is known for his versatility, sensitivity and lyrical playing. He will perform with his band.
Admission for the Syposium is $30/member and $40/non-member and includes the performances, presentations, meals and a private tour of the exhibit “Musical Traditions of Frederick County” at Heritage Frederick.
To Register: contact Mary at 301-663-1188 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or online at www.MDTix.com.