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Date: January 7, 2005

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Montgomery College-Takoma Park to Host Historical Music Performance
Period Music and Instruments Will Tell Tale of Maryland’s Early History

Revisit Maryland’s historical past at a special musical performance on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus, 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.  Sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, the Music of Early Maryland concert will be held in the Bliss Room, located in the Commons Building.

Using period musical instruments, Dr. David Hildebrand will play music that explores Maryland’s history, from the first settlement at St. Mary’s City to the penning of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” He will discuss how music reflected the times and issues of class, gender, and ethnicity flavored its development.  Dr. Hildebrand will play a variety of music, from instrumental dance music, ballads, and patriotic songs, to military marches.  

Dr. David Hildebrand teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory and is writing a history of music in Maryland for The Johns Hopkins University Press. He and his wife, Ginger Hildebrand, have been performing professionally for museums, historical societies, schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country since 1980, focusing on American music. Dr. Hildebrand received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the Catholic University of America.

The performance at Montgomery College is co-sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council.

For disability-related accommodations or additional information, contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at 301-650-1385 or  Please make disability-related requests at least two weeks before the event. 

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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