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Concert at Fraunces Tavern: The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin

The Musical World of Ben Franklin

Julianne Baird, soprano
Allen Whear, cello
John Bailey, harpsichord
Ed Mauger, narrator

Benjamin Franklin’s long and eventful life progressed from a working-class childhood in Boston and the print shops of Philadelphia to the royal courts of Europe. He became the most celebrated author, scientist and diplomat of colonial times. 

Like all Franklin’s enthusiasms, his musical life was just as variegated and fully-engaged. Benjamin Franklin wrote ballad lyrics and politically satirical songs and even constructed musical theory to justify the timelessness of his beloved Scots ballads. He attended concerts and operas, promoted emerging American musicians, and invented a musical instrument that became the rage of Europe. “National Artistic Treasure” Julianne Baird brings Franklin’s musical world to life in this unique program of music and readings. Featuring music of Francis Hopkinson, Benjamin Carr, Benjamin Franklin, and others.


This event is co-presented by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and The Fraunces Tavern Museum. The performance will take place in the Museum's Flag Gallery.

Tickets $25/$15 students, SNRY and museum members, EMA & Columbia University

Eventbrite - The Musical World of Benjamin Franklin

Fraunces Tavern Museum is a survivor of the early days of New York City. It was built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the merchant Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who turned it into one of the most popular taverns of the day. Though it is best known as the site where Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army, in 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre-Revolutionary activities. After the war, when New York was the nation’s first capital, the tavern was rented to the new government to house the offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs.

In 1904, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York purchased the tavern and hired preservation architect William Mersereau to return the building to its colonial appearance. Fraunces Tavern® Museum opened to the public in 1907. Today, the museum complex includes four 19th century buildings in addition to the 18th century Fraunces Tavern building.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum’s mission is to educate the public about New York City history as it relates to Colonial America, the Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. This mission is fulfilled through the preservation and interpretation of the Museum’s landmarked 1719 building along with varied exhibitions of art and artifacts as they relate to the historic site.

Fraunces Tavern® Museum is located at 54 Pearl Street, Manhattan. The Museum is open seven days a week, 12pm – 5pm. Admission: $7.00 general, $4.00 seniors and children under 18, and free to children 5 and under and to members with membership card. Subway: R or W to Whitehall St., 4/5 to Bowling Green, 1 South Ferry, J/M/Z to Broad St. Buses: M1, M6, M15.


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