November 26, 2019

Experience the Opulence of 18th-Century Irish Entertainment with Evening Concert, Dec. 4

Evening Event Includes Admission to Museum's Special Exhibition Cost of Revolution

"Music Beyond the Fanlight" takes guests inside the music rooms and concert halls of 18th-century Dublin. Photo credit: Irish Georgian Society.
"Music Beyond the Fanlight" takes guests inside the music rooms and concert halls of 18th-century Dublin. Photo credit: Irish Georgian Society.

Immerse yourself in the music of 18th-century Dublin on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, as the musical trio The Practitioners & Ornaments of Musick present “Music Beyond the Fanlight: An 18th-Century Dublin Entertainment.” The evening event will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Museum of the American Revolution’s elegant Liberty Hall.

Guests will be transported to the concert halls, theaters, and grand private houses of the Irish Georgian capital through popular music of the period accompanied by images of art and architecture and interspersed with stories about Dublin personalities in the 1700s. The evening promises to take guests beyond the “fanlight” – an architectural feature that refers to the semicircular window above a door – to experience the opulence of an evening of 18th-century entertainment.

The concert will celebrate the artistic and international worlds of Richard St. George, an Irish artist and officer in the British Army who is the subject of the Museum’s current special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier. One of the selections  to be performed, “Molly St. George,” is a traditional Irish tune named after Richard St. George’s mother Mary. Program guests are invited to arrive early to explore Cost of Revolution from 5:15 – 6 p.m. 

The trio will perform works composed by Handel, Arne, Corelli, Roseingrave, Geminiani, and O’Carolan, the Irish bard, among other esteemed masters, performed by John Burkhalter, founder of The Practitioners of Musick and a member of the Irish Georgian Society, on English and small flutes, harpsichordist Kerry Heimann, and soprano Abigail Chapman.

Admission is $20, $15 for Museum members, and $10 for students (tickets include admission to Cost of Revolution special exhibition). Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 215.253.6731.

About Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
What can a life tell us about an era? Explore the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing Irish Revolution of 1798. The exhibition chronicles St. George’s dramatic journey with more than 100 artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art from Australia, Ireland, England, and the United States, many of which are on display in America for the first time. It also presents one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century revolutionary history and war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia. The exhibition is on display through March 17, 2020 and is included with regular Museum admission. For more information, visit www.amrevmuseu.org/exhibits/special-exhibitions.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.