The orchestra, along with Journey Through Hallowed Ground, will host a War of 1812 Bicentennial event this September.
- By Leah M. Kosin
- July 26, 2012
According to Ara Bagdasarian, president of the Loudoun Symphony Board of Directors, the event will commemorate the bicentennial and Leesburg’s part in the America’s second war for independence.
The event will tell the story of 1812 and America in words and music, he said. The West Point Alumni Glee Club will sing a set of patriotic music, which will then lead to a special program by the Loudoun Symphony with spoken word by special guests performing American celebratory music.
“We realized that there were no War of 1812 Bicentennial events planned in the greater capital region,” Bagdasarian said, adding that the Loudoun Symphony’s mission is to provide educational programs and enrich the lives of the community. “This presented a unique opportunity to orchestrate a world-class concert event that would provide an incredible format to bring history alive to our community.”
The symphony has partnered with Journey Through Hallowed Ground to bring the history element to the music production. Gates will open at 2 p.m. with the symphony program beginning at 4 p.m.
“This is important for Leesburg because this event celebrates such an important chapter in American history, and Leesburg had a unique facet in serving as the nation’s capital for a few weeks when the British burned Washington D.C.,” Bagdasarian said. “Celebrating this bicentennial in Leesburg will be a fantastic opportunity for Leesburg and Northern Virginia residents to enjoy a fall afternoon in a beautiful setting, experience one of the region’s most celebrated orchestras, and becoming encompassed with American history.”
To learn more about the event visit 1812 Concert online.