Music in the Life of President Lincoln

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The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, David Grandis, Music Director - Image courtesy Virginia Chamber Orchestra
The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, David Grandis, Music Director - Image courtesy Virginia Chamber Orchestra

William G. Mc Gowan Theater, The National Archives

700 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20408
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In celebration of the special viewing of the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives from February 16-19, and in partnership with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, join us for a special program exploring President Lincoln’s musical tastes. With video clips of the orchestra projected on screen, a distinguished panel will discuss music in the Lincoln White House, the many performances Lincoln attended, and the role music played in his life considering the backdrop of the Civil War.

Moderated by Robert Aubry Davis, Host of Millennium of Music, and WETA TV’s Around Town; panelists include Christian McWhirter, Lincoln Historian, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; John Stauffer, Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On; Elizabeth Smith Brownstein, author of Lincoln’s Other White House; and Betty C. Monkman, former White House Chief Curator and author.

Funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities. This event is free but reserved seats are required.

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