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Republic Versus Empire

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

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"Republic vs. Empire" August 20, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Get in the mood for Defenders' Day early with a historical concert at Fort McHenry! Compare and contrast the styles of music popular in the United States and Great Britain during the War of 1812! The selection of music includes "Yankee Doodle", symbolic of early America, to "Rule Britannia", reflecting the might of the British Empire during the Napoleonic era. Other pieces include "The Earle of Oxford's Marche", "Hail Columbia" and selections of early American favorites. Come and hear the music that was popular during the Battle of Baltimore! Historical narration accompanies every concert and visitors will have the opportunity to talk to the musicians and reenactors following each performance.
Remember the bygone days of concerts in the old fort? When gentlemen and ladies spent a summer's afternoon listening to the brass band of the garrison? Those days have returned to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine during this afternoon of music, history and military pageantry. Discover how music has served to provoke, comfort and inspire generations of Americans. The concerts, lasting 45-minutes, will take place on the parade ground of the original Star Fort.
The Baltimore Brass performs every concert. Led by Conductor Brian Sanders, the Baltimore Brass consists of six distinguished musicians dedicated to the promotion and perpetuation of brass instruments in the context of chamber music. The Baltimore Brass has already captured the attention of the region's music enthusiasts. Highlighted in Music Monthly Magazine's 2001 and 2002 Readers' Polls, they received recognition in two categories; Honorable Mention as one of the best classical ensembles in the region, and voted as one of the top three instrumental ensembles in the region. Their versatility includes compositional genres from masters such as J.S. Bach to sounds of modern composers such as Duke Ellington.
Admission is $5.00 per adult (age 17 and up). Children are free.


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