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Library brings musical side of Lincoln to life

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Enjoy a truly unique musical role-playing experience with General Grant and President Lincoln. Will and Bernadine Boyce have spent years perfecting their impersonations of General and Mrs. Grant (along with other Civil War personalities) and Dr. Duke Thompson, director of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, has recently conceived a concert performance unlike any other he has ever done. Together these presenters will bring an entertaining program entitled "Dr. Duke and Mr. President" to Harford County on June 1.

Guests will first enjoy tasting foods from the antebellum North and South and conversing with the Grants at a reception at the Havre de Grace library beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Grants will then escort guests at 7 p.m. next door to St. John's, home of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, where they will be treated to a rare glimpse of Lincoln's musical side. This lesser known side of the 16th president is explored in "Dr. Duke and Mr. President." Portraying Lincoln, concert pianist Thompson plays many of the popular songs of the day and those Lincoln was said to have enjoyed. It is a survey not only of the music that influenced Lincoln's life, but also the musical story of the times.

Reservations are required for this program and seating is limited. Please call the Havre de Grace library, 410-939-6700, for reservations. "Dr. Duke and Mr. President" is a continuation of the many Civil War 150 commemoration programs and exhibitions happening at the Harford County Public Library throughout the spring. "Dr. Duke and Mr. President" is made possible with the support of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, dedicated to perpetuating and expanding Lincoln's vision for America and completing America's unfinished work; and the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

Civil War 150 is a project of the Harford County Public Library with collaborations between Harford County Public Library and the Historical Society of Harford County, the Smithsonian Institution, Harford County Cultural Arts Board, the Maryland Music Conservatory and the Junius B. Booth Society.

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