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Ça ira: Lafayette, La Musique de la Garde Nationale Parisienne, And the Dissolution of the Ancien Régime

A lecture-performance exploring the music of the early days of the French Revolution, with Lafayette’s command of the Garde Nationale as the focal point.  

Dr. Dominic Giardino, Historical Music Programming for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Dr. Chris Troiano, Historical Ensembles Manager, George Mason University
Accompanied by historical performance musicians, Music of the Regiment

Sponsored by: Fredericksburg Sister City Association (Fréjus, France)


About Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Commemoration 2024:

Over the last two years, representatives of historic and civic organizations, city personnel, and historic-minded individuals researched documents, mapped out Lafayette’s original route, identified the venues that he visited, and formed a plan to honor this hero at the 200th anniversary of his 1824 Fredericksburg visit.

In the years following his Farewell Tour, public awareness of Lafayette’s important contribution has gradually faded. But in 1824, across the country, Lafayette held rock star status.

The goals of the Commemoration are to rekindle interest in Lafayette’s incredible life, to underscore Fredericksburg’s continuing relationship with “The Hero of Two Worlds,” and to foster gratitude for his contributions.

The Commemoration Committee has worked to create “an event like none other.” The Committee worked closely with the American Friends of Lafayette (AFL) to tie our programming to its own. For more information on other Lafayette Bicentennial events, visit here. 

See more information about the Fredericksburg Lafayette Bicentennial Commemoration 2024 here. 

Black and white hand-drawn bust image of Marquis de Lafayette. Text above image in an arch is Fredericksburg, VA and text below image arching up is 1824 Lafayette 2024. An old music sheet is in the background
Event Details
Thursday, May 2, 2024
7:00pm - 8:30pm
CRRL - Fredericksburg
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA