At this musical tribute to Alexander Hamilton, Linda Russell and Companie will celebrate Hamilton’s life through ballads, broadsides, love songs, military music, parodies, and dance tunes.
Included will be songs that Hamilton sang at a Fourth of July banquet shortly before his fatal duel with Aaron Burr – "The Drum," and the soldiers' drinking song, "How Stands the Glass Around." Also featured will be a memorial lament set to a Scots tune – "On the Murder of Hamilton" – addressed to Aaron Burr. In an ensemble composed of dulcimer, harp, guitar, and flute, Ms. Russell will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Christa Patton and soprano Margery Cohen.
Linda Russell explores history through music. Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street, the site of Washington’s inauguration, Ms. Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools and festivals throughout the country. New York appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of the 18th and 19th centuries including Stephen Foster Songs on Albany Records, Christmas Past on the Helicon label and The Good Old Colony Days.
Christa Patton, featured on early winds and harp, is active in Early Music circles as well as World, Traditional and Contemporary music scenes. Christa has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Her music can be heard on Dorian, Lyrachord and Helicon record labels.
Margery Cohen is a soprano whose work in musical theater has received Grammy and Obie nominations & whose credits include the New York production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill.