Sunday, 17. February 2019, The Farmstead Arts Center, Hamilton Concert, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Alexander Hamilton Concert
Featuring Anne and Ridley Enslow
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

The overwhelming success of the musical “Hamilton” has brought about a resurgence of interest in America’s first Treasury Secretary. But what music did Alexander Hamilton himself listen to?
Try starting with the hymn he wrote as a teenager. It was published in a newspaper in St. Croix. There are other songs that we know were among his favorites, thanks to written accounts by his son and grandson.
In this program, Anne Enslow and Ridley Enslow present a narrative of Hamilton’s life, interspersed with 18th-century music that’s relevant to key episodes in his life. (Despite what they say in a certain musical, there is no good evidence that the British troops played “The World Turned Upside Down” as they left Yorktown. But there are other songs that show just how unimaginable it was that America should win the Revolution.)
Anne and Ridley appear in period dress, and play instruments that are appropriate to the colonial period. For Ridley, that’s an 18th-century violin built in France in 1776. For Anne, it’s the hammered dulcimer, a trapezoidal instrument with nearly 100 strings that are struck with little wooden hammers. Both Ridley and Anne sing. And of course, they bring along the star of the show—a little wooden dancing figure called a limberjack. Their limberjack has been painted to look like Hamilton’s mentor and ally, George Washington.
This show was first performed for Celebrate HAMILTON, the annual two-week program of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and concerts sponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. (Visit the Enslows site)
Tickets: General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door Seniors, students and Farmstead members $10 in advance or at the door

Hamilton Concert, February 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM

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