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Osher at JHU to host “The Land of the Free: Music and Dance of the War of 1812 and Civil War”

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June 4, 2012
Media Contact: Susan Howard


TO:        Assignment editors, reporters

FROM:  Susan Howard, 301-294-7058, susanh@jhu.edu

WHAT:  Osher at JHU to host “The Land of the Free: Music and Dance of the War of 1812 and Civil War”

WHEN:  2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10

WHERE: Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Md. 21218

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Johns Hopkins University will celebrate its mission to change lives and build communities for retired and semi-retired individuals with a program honoring and recognizing the anniversary of the War of 1812 and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The program, coordinated by the Peabody Institute’s David Hildebrand, will feature historical music and dance selections by performers with Hildebrand’s Colonial Music Institute. Both Hildebrand and his wife, Ginger, specialize in performing early American music. Joining the couple will be Chrystelle Bond and Choregraphie Antique, an historically informed and fully costumed dance group. Accompanying the dancers will be Splendid Shillings Consort, singers from the Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the direction of Tom Hall, and Brassivity, a brass quintet.

In addition, Mark Hildebrand, a director, producer and historian, will talk briefly about his research for “Anthem,” a documentary about The Star Spangled Banner. Mark, who is David’s brother, will also screen scenes from the film, which is scheduled to air on PBS in August.

The program is an opportunity to experience early 19th century America and the Civil War years with performers who have spent their lives researching and recreating music and dance from that period.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins was created in 1986 as the Evergreen Society with a mission to enhance the leisure time of semi-retired and retired individuals. Osher at JHU is a membership community providing a vibrant educational and social environment for mature adults. The Institute offers a rich array of non-credit courses, lectures, and activities, along with opportunities for social interaction during fall and spring semesters. Courses and lectures are offered during the day at three locations: Baltimore, Columbia, and Montgomery County.


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