WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg will host a concert celebration that commemorates the 234th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Friday, Sept.17.
The “To Support and Defend,” concert will take place on the front lawn of the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum from 6-7:30 p.m., and will feature an ensemble of musicians made up from the United States Air Force (USAF) Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, the USN Fleet Forces Band, and Marine Corps musicians from The Navy School of Music.
In addition to the ensemble musical performance, The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will also be present and will perform at the event.
The celebration will feature WHRO host Raymond Jones, and Colonial Williamsburg interpreters Ron Carnegie as George Washington and Bryan Austin as James Madison.
Austin has performed the past 8 years as James Madison. He expressed how the performers and Colonial Williamsburg are excited for the celebration to come back after last year’s event was canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“It is really an incredible concert to be part of,” said Austin. “It’s already a very wonderful event, but this year feels particularly special.”
Austin will be performing in the Hennage Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. as part of “The Greatest Reflection,” performance where visitors can observe James Madison as he reflects on the drafting of the constitution.
Attendance at the “To Support and Defend” concert is free. Visitors seeking more information are asked to visit the Colonial Williamsburg website.