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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Nelly’s New Harpsichord: Music from Mount Vernon

Sunday, January 26, 2020 2:00 PM

Music from Mount Vernon Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

Harpsichordist Richard Egarr plays the newly completed replica of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis one-of-a-kind harpsichord, a gift from her grandfather George Washington in 1793. The program features popular music from Nelly's time and selections from her own song book to be announced from the stage.

Price

$45.00

Run Time

Running Time: TBA

About

Richard Egarr, harpsichord
Rowan Pierce, soprano
William Carter, theorbo

A man of many passions, George Washington was particularly fond of music. In 1793, he bought his granddaughter Eleanor “Nelly” Custis a one-of-a-kind harpsichord from London, and her performances would delight family and guests alike. Since 2016, Mount Vernon has been creating a replica of her harpsichord for modern scholars and audiences to experience this unparalleled instrument firsthand. To celebrate the replica’s completion, the esteemed harpsichordist Richard Egarr will play the instrument alongside soprano Rowan Pierce and theorbo player William Carter, highlighting a program of popular music from the time period and Nelly’s own song book.

HENRY PURCELL
Suite in G minor/Ground in D minor
JOHN BLOW
Chaconne in Fa-Ut
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
Suite in E
Pieces from Nelly's Book—To be announced from the stage
PURCELL
“Thou wakeful shepherd”
“Music for a while”
“Retir’d from mortal sight”
“She loves and she confesses too”
ANON/FRANCESCO CORBETTA
(on baroque guitar)
Jacaras
Canarios
Ciaconna
BLOW
“Peaceful is he and most secure”
“Lovely Selina”
JOHANN CASPAR KERLL
Passacaglia
HANDEL
Cantata “La bianca rosa”

In conjunction with the celebration of Mount Vernon’s year of music and its masterfully recreated harpsichord, the Kennedy Center will present a day of activities exploring broadly the roots of American music as a social activity in many layers of society. The day will include a panel discussion, concerts, and the opportunity to try out partying like it’s 1799.

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: American Music at the Time of George Washington, Terrace Theater (public)
2 p.m. Nelly’s New Harpsichord: Music from Mount Vernon, Terrace Theater (ticketed)
4 p.m. Dom Flemons: American Songster (ticketed)
5:30 p.m. Frog Hammer social dance lesson, Grand Foyer (public)
6 p.m. Frog Hammer Millennium Stage performance/social dance (public)

Panelists:
  • Richard Egarr, keyboardist, conductor
  • Dom Flemons, multi-instrumentalist and scholar
  • John Watson, Conservator of Early Keyboard Instruments
  • Joyce Lindorff, Joyce Lindorff, Professor of Keyboard Studies and Affiliated Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Temple University
Moderator:
Susan Schoelwer, Executive Director, Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator, Mount Vernon

Watch and Listen

Nelly Custis' Passion for Music

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