David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute perform eighteenth-century songs—including ballads, marches, and songs inspired by women—in costume with period instruments. The Hildebrands have performed for our traditional “Second Day of July” concert for several years. The date is inspired by John Adams—the father of American independence if ever there was one—who predicted that “the Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” The second of July is the day the Continental Congress adopted Richard Henry Lee’s resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States . . . and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” The Hildebrands generously recorded this concert for us to keep up our “Second Day of July” concert tradition going.