Help celebrate the 275th birthday of Abigail Adams, one of the founders of the United States, the first Second Lady and the second First Lady of the country, who was born on November 22, 1744 in Weymouth and died October 28, 1818 right here in Quincy.
In addition to birthday cake, we will enjoy a concert of music Abigail likely enjoyed, performed by Sylvia Berry and Dale Munschy on restored period instruments. They will also share some interesting and educational thoughts about the music and instruments.
Philadelphia native Sylvia Berry is one of North America's leading exponents of the fortepiano, as well as other historical keyboard instruments, including the harpsichord, virginal, and clavichord. Hailed by Early Music America as “a complete master of rhetoric, whether in driving passagework or [in] cantabile adagios,” she is known not only for her exciting performances but for her engaging commentary about the music and the instruments she plays. She dedicates herself to the performance practices of the 18th and early 19th centuries, with an avid interest in the sociological phenomena surrounding the music of that period. Her disc of Haydn's London Sonatas — recorded for Acis on an 1806 Broadwood — garnered critical acclaim. A review in Fanfare enthused, “To say that Berry plays these works with vim, vigor, verve, and vitality, is actually a bit of an understatement.” Ms. Berry is also a respected scholar and has written and lectured widely on these topics.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library