Music for a General and a President
Instrumental music was such an assumed part of life for 18th century Virginia gentlemen that posthumous depictions of George Washington show him playing the flute, though according to him he did not. He was however, a strong supporter and admirer of the musical arts, attending concerts, plays, musicales and purchased a variety of musical instruments for his step-children, their children and one or more nieces. He also provided music lessons for them. Join John Turner, Cliff Williams and Gary Whaley as they perform dance tunes and other melodies Washington enjoyed or that were written in his honor.