Sound of History – Part 1: The American Revolution – Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers (NYC)

Thursday, May 07, 2020 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Music and history illuminate each other in this brand new series pairing fascinating presentations on important moments in U.S. history followed by performances of notable musical works from those periods with talented students from The Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School.

Individual classes start at $95 and the entire series can be purchased for only $159.

PART 1: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION – Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers

May 7 | 7:30 pm


PART 2: JAZZ- Origins of an American Sound

June 4 | 2:00 pm

PART 3: WORLD WAR II – Surprising Stories you Never Learned in History Class

June 16 | 7:30 pm


7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The American Revolution: Inside the Minds of the Founding Fathers

Louis Masur / Rutgers University

Long after the Revolutionary era, John Adams asked “what do we mean by the American Revolution?” He said “the Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people,” that the real Revolution was a radical change in thinking—“the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people.”

Focusing on the ideas of such leaders as Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and Washington, we shall examine that revolution in the principles and conflicts that characterized the revolutionary era of 1770-1800. Adams believed that through a common set of beliefs “thirteen clocks were made to strike together,” but by 1800 that unity of purpose had unraveled into violent political debate that threatened the survival of the nation. “Whether you or I were right, posterity must judge,” Adams wrote to Jefferson. We are that posterity.

After Professor Masur’s lecture, please stay with us for a 25 minute musical presentation of works by Mozart and Beethoven presented by 3 of the most talented young musicians from Manhattan’s renowned Special Music School. You will be amazed at their talent!

Louis Masur / Rutgers University

Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Rutgers, Trinity College, and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. He is the author of many books including “Lincoln’s Last Speech,” which was inspired by a talk he presented at One Day University. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and Slate. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Historians’ Council of the Gettysburg Foundation.