On April 30, 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States of America.
The Schoharie County Historical Society will celebrate the 230th Anniversary of that inauguration with a special performance by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, on Saturday, June 15 at 7 pm at the Schoharie Presbyterian Church.
A popular Capital Region chamber ensemble with a residency at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site, the Musicians of Ma’alwyck will present a program featuring music popular during Washington’s lifetime, including pieces known to be his personal favorites.
Instrumentals will be performed by Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin; Sten Isachsen, guitar and Norman Thibodeau, flute. The repertoire will also include pieces by Mezzo-Soprano Soloist Tess McCarthy.
The musical performance will be enhanced by the narration of historian and Society Trustee Peter Lindemann, who will offer insights into the events of 1789, the nation’s first inauguration and the personality and interests of George Washington through seldom told historical anecdotes.
Prior to the performance, a reception with light food and beverages will be held in the Schoharie Presbyterian Church hall beginning at 6 pm. Several area organizations, including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association will join the Schoharie County Historical Society in hosting the reception.
A donation of $10 per person is suggested to attend the performance.
The Schoharie Presbyterian Church is located at 214 Main Street in the village of Schoharie.
For more information on this and the many other events being held during the Schoharie County Historical Society and Old Stone Fort Museum’s 130th Anniversary year, visit the museum’s website, or call (518) 296-7192.
Photo of Musicians of Ma’alwyck provided.