Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contact: Jeff Holland / 410-295-0104
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 8, 2012
What: Annapolis Maritime Museum presents Trio Galilei in concert
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the door - Buy Tickets
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, MD 21403
More info: www.amaritime.org
Annapolis Maritime Museum presents Above and Beyond, a musical tribute by Trio Galilei
to wounded soldiers and sailors, on Saturday, November 17
Water is so elemental, so soothing, so vital. It’s small wonder that its healing power embraces all our senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, hearing. With that in mind, the Annapolis Maritime Museum presents the healing music of Trio Galilei as a tribute to wounded soldiers and sailors on Saturday, November 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the Museum’s Bay Room.
The Trio Galilei, comprised of Carolyn Surrick on viola da gamba, Ginger Hildebrand on fiddle and guitar and Sue Richards on Celtic harp, masterfully present selections ranging from English country dance music to Swedish Polkas to Irish and Scottish traditional tunes.
For the last several years, the trio, a part of the larger nationally known Ensemble Galilei, has been “practicing” in the main foyer of Mologne House, the outpatient hotel at Walter Reed Hospital where wounded veterans stay sometimes for a few months, sometimes for years, before returning to their families. When Walter Reed closed last year, the trio moved to Bethesda Naval Hospital and now play in the Warrior Cafe for a larger group every Friday when they’re not on tour.
According to Ginger Hildebrand, “The wounded warriors and their families have told us in a thousand ways how comforting it is for them to have us there. We’ve made many dear friends, and lost a few also. It’s not a tearless endeavor. ”
But it’s not all a one-way street. As Sue Richards points out, the practicing element has paid off as the trio works out new repertoire and writes more tunes. “The informality is really fun, and as we talk to the handful of people listening, we get immediate feedback," she says.
The trio’s music is a little different from what the Museum usually offers. Traditional sea chanteys and regional music about the Bay and the environment tend to dominate the Museum’s concert schedule. “But we wanted to try something else,” says Museum director Jeff Holland. “We’re thrilled to have Trio Galilei, such an amazing and dedicated group of musicians performing in the Bay Room with the Chesapeake Bay as a backdrop. Our concerts celebrate the Bay and its traditions in so many ways. The music of Trio Galilei underscores yet another aspect of the Bay and its bounty—the calm and tranquility we so often feel just watching the water go by. It heals our hearts in much the same way as the trio’s music.”
Copies of Trio Galilei’s CD recording, “Above and Beyond,” will be available for sale during the concert. Proceeds ensure that copies of the CD can be distributed for free to the wounded warriors and their families.
About the Annapolis Maritime Museum
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a 501(C) (3) non-profit educational institution dedicated to educating students and adults on the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
Located on Back Creek, the Museum is a heritage site in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, as well as a site in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail by the National Park Service. The Museum provides a vital connection for residents and visitors—both children and adults—to the area’s natural environment and heritage through a variety of educational and public programs and exhibitions. For more information click on www.amaritime.org or call 410-295-0104.