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King University News :: David & Ginger Hildebrand to Perform the Music of Colonial America at King College

Musicians David and Ginger Hildebrand, specializing in the research, recording, and performing of authentic colonial American music, will give two performances at King College on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Performing together since 1980, the Hildebrands present concerts and educational programs throughout the country, and have performed at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg.  The duo has issued six recordings, including George Washington: Music for the First President (1998), and Music in the Life of Benjamin Franklin (2006).  Their music is also featured in movies and television documentaries including the PBS series Liberty! The American Revolution, Rediscovering George Washington, and the C-SPAN Series American Presidents.

David Hildebrand graduated from Dickinson College in 1979.  In 1987, he earned his Master of Arts in musicology from George Washington University, and, in 1992, he received a Ph.D. in musicology from Catholic University, writing a dissertation on the musical life of Annapolis, Md., 1649-1776.  In addition to performing professionally with his wife, Ginger, since 1980, David has lectured widely and published articles and reviews in such journals as The William and Mary Quarterly and Maryland Historical Magazine.

Ginger Hildebrand graduated from Dickinson College in 1983.  She received her Master of Music in 1988 in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory.  She is active in developing and presenting educational programs as outreach for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has written for the Council for Basic Education.  Her teaching activities include running a home studio for guitar students, and teaching applied music at Anne Arundel Community College.  Ginger has also served as a music consultant for a variety of PBS television documentaries and directed ensembles ranging from a guitar quartet to a hand bell choir.

The Hildebrands are co-founders of the Colonial Music Institute (CMI) that conducts and promotes research and educational outreach in the fields of early American music and dance.  CMI serves as an online resource center for researchers, teachers, and students.  CMI also offers consulting services for archivists, curators, film producers, collectors, and others needing help with research in 17th through early 19th-century projects.

David and Ginger Hildebrand will perform on at 10:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. in King's Memorial Chapel. Sponsored by King's music department, both events are open to the public and free to attend.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit