Join us throughout the 2019 and 2020 season for performances, specialty tours, and academic symposia to experience the music of 18th-century Mount Vernon, beginning with the debut of our authentically reproduced harpsichord.

Nelly Custis's Harpsichord

In 1793, George Washington acquired a large harpsichord for his step-granddaughter, 14-year-old Eleanor Parke Custis. Of the several musical instruments that graced Mount Vernon, none was more grand or impressive than this harpsichord. While it remains in Mount Vernon's collection, the instrument is no longer played.

Since July of 2016 John Watson, Conservator of Early Keyboard Instruments, has been working to create a playable replica of Washington’s 1793 Longman & Broderip 2-Manual Harpsichord. In 2019, the finished instrument returns to the estate for special programs and performances.

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NSO at Mount Vernon

February 5 & 26; March 19 7pm | $65 per concert; $150 for series; Members: $125 for series 

Listen to members of the National Symphony Orchestra play during a three-part series at Mount Vernon. Following the concert, enjoy a reception of champagne and chocolates with the musicians.

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Music Programs & Events

Jan16–19 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jan18–19 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Jan22–26 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jan24 Special Lunch and Fellowhship with Joyce Lindorff

Special Lunch and Fellowhship with Joyce Lindorff

Jan29 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Jan 29 –
Feb 2
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jan31 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Feb5 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Feb5 NSO at Mount Vernon

NSO at Mount Vernon

Feb5–9 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Feb7–9 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Feb12–16 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Feb19–20 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Feb19–23 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Feb26 NSO at Mount Vernon

NSO at Mount Vernon

Feb26–28 Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Feb 26 –
Mar 2
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Mar5–9 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Mar12–16 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Mar19 NSO at Mount Vernon

NSO at Mount Vernon

Mar19–23 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Mar26–30 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Apr2–6 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Apr9–13 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Apr16–20 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Apr23–27 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Apr 30 –
May 4
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

May1 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

May3–5 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

May7–11 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

May10–12 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

May14–18 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

May17–19 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

May21–25 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

May24–26 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

May 28 –
Jun 1
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

May31 Mrs. Washington's Music

Mrs. Washington's Music

Jun4–8 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jun11–15 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jun18–22 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jun25–29 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jul2–6 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jul9–13 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jul16–20 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jul23–27 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Jul 30 –
Aug 3
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Aug6–10 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Aug13–17 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Aug20–24 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Aug27–31 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Sep3–7 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Sep10–14 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Sep17–21 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Sep 24 –
Oct 5
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Oct8–12 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Oct15–19 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Oct22–26 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Oct 29 –
Nov 2
Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Nov5–9 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Nov12–16 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

Nov19–21 Music of the Revolution

Music of the Revolution

How Sweet the Sound

Thursday, April 4, 7-9pm | Members $30; Non-Members $40

Acclaimed music historian Richard Josey and accompanying performers from Collective Journeys bring to life African and African-American music of the African Diaspora. Using drums, bells, and shekeres representative of instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries, musicians perform and discuss music’s role in everyday life.

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Harpsichord Recital and Tour

First Thursday of the month, April-October, 6pm | $150 per person or $3,000 minimum, 30 person capacity

Step back in time and tour the Mansion and grounds, focusing on the music of Mount Vernon. Throughout the tour, experience live music on the reproduction harpsichord as did the Washingtons and their guests, concluding with a recital.

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“I’ll Thunder in Their Ears Their Country’s Cause”: The Performance of Cato at Valley Forge

Saturday, June 15, 6:30-8:30PM | MEMBERS $175; NON-MEMBERS $200

Enjoy the lengthening days and Mount Vernon’s newly blooming gardens during this reception in the upper garden. The evening includes celebrity chef-inspired wine and hors d’oeuvres, inspiring 18th-century music, and select readings from Cato, George Washington’s favorite play.

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Harpsichord Symposium

David Hildebrand

David Hildebrand

August 2-3 | $200

Join the cadre of aficionados that helped shape the reproduction of Nelly Parke Custis’s harpsichord for the Washington Library's Harpsichord Symposium. John Watson, Joyce Lindorff, David Hildebrand and many other musicians and scholars will present, perform, and attend.

The Music and Dance of the Hunt

Saturday, November 2, 7PM | MEMBERS $50; NON-MEMBERS $60

The Handel and Haydn Society returns to Mount Vernon for a night of music inspired by the day’s event, Horses & Hounds, and the festivities that would have followed a lively day of hunt. The ensemble will play hunt, riding, and dance music by Mozart and Haydn, followed by refreshments and conversation with the musicians in the Orientation Center lobby.

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