The Heifetz Institute “Traveling All Stars” head over the mountain to Charlottesville for a free, patriotic “picnic concert” at the historic home of James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president (1817-25), and last of the Virginia “Founding Fathers,” alongside his predecessors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.
Today’s concert will feature performances by no fewer than 16 Heifetz Institute performers, including violinists Ji Won Song, Charlottesville native Madi Vest, Sarah Ma, Daniel Bae, and Sam Weiser; violist Halam Kim, cellists Ezra Escobar, Thomas Mesa, Ismael Ariel Guerrero Bombut, Clare Bradford, and Juan-Salvador Carrasco, soprano Angel Azzarra, and our intrepid pianists Jun Cho, Carlos Avila, Anton Smirnoff, and Stefan Petrov!
The Independence Day concert will be in three sections: “Celebrate America,” music both patriotic and whimsical that reflects our great nation; “Coming to America,” chronicling in music the immigrant experience that adds to our rich American tapestry; and finally, “America the Beautiful,” celebrating the natural beauty of our region and our nation.
The free concert will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and free grounds access throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy family games and activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Access to grounds is FREE ALL DAY on Independence Day.
Fourth of July picnics are welcome at the fifth president’s home. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own or select from the Highland Fare options at the Museum Shop, including sandwiches, salads, snacks, and soft drinks.
Here’s a taste of some of the musical fare being offered today:
- Monroe's Highland, Charlottesville VA
July 4, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: Monroe's Highland
Venue Phone: (434) 293-8000Address:
Historic home of James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president (1817-25), and last of the Virginia “Founding Fathers,” alongside his predecessors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. President Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, owned the property from 1793 to 1826 and made it their official residence from 1799 to 1823. Under a later owner, the plantation name was changed to “Ash Lawn”; today it is known as “James Monroe’s Highland."