'War of 1812' Concert a Hit

More than 700 people attended the outdoor performance, which showcased Leesburg's history during the war.

Ida Lee Park welcomed over 700 people on Sunday, Sept. 23 during "1812: An American Celebration, a musical event presented by the Loudoun Symphony, West Point Alumni Glee Club, and Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

According to Ara Bagdasarian, president of the Loudoun Symphony Board of Directors, Leesburg has a unique place in the war’s history. It was the temporary capital during the burning of Washington in 1812, when the president and Dolly Madison had documents moved to Leesburg.

The event was put together in order to showcase such a historical event, Bagdasarian said. Everything went as planned - musically and operationally. Even the weather cooperated, he said.

"This may be a model for future events," Bagdasarian said on Monday. "While dining in a local restaurant after the concert, my daughter and I overheard a conversation from 1812 concert goers who now plan on attending Loudoun Symphony concerts. That speaks for itself."

Gates opened with live fife and drum and continued with patriotic stories and  choral performances. To learn more visit http://­www.­1812co­ncert.­org.

Sandy Kane September 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Love Leesburg Patch. Great means of immediate communication!


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