The Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will present a program on the musical life in colonial Williamsburg by John Burkhalter at its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening March 24th, 2015 at 8:00PM at the Fanwood Train Station located on North and Martine Avenues in Fanwood, NJ. This program is free and open to the public. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In 18th century Williamsburg the study of music was a subject of serious interest and social refinement. Harpsichords and other musical instruments were imported for Williamsburg’s town houses and nearby plantations. The presentations will be based on one of the most important colonial music inventions known, that of “Mr. Ogle, musick master lately arrived in Williamsburg from London.”
John Brukhalter founded a musical organization The Practitioners of Musick, to survey the musical riches of 17th & 18th century Great Britan and Ireland and the Colonial Federal periods in America. The organization has a library of some 300 items of printed music published in London, Dublin and Edinburg during the course of the 18th century. Many are rare and several unique. His colleague, Donovan Klotzbeacher, is the harpsichordist. He has always been fascinated with early musical instruments such as recorders and harpsichords. The two have presented their musical program to many historical organizations throughout New Jersey.
Please join us on March 24th to be transported back in time to colonial Williamsburg where a most famous Mr. Ogle will fascinate us with his music mastery. Fellowship and refreshments follow the meeting.
Please note the change of venue for this meeting!