Barnum Museum: Weston students perform at Tom Thumb’s wedding

Members of the Weston High School Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Singers are recreating history on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport. Together they will perform music written for the wedding of General Tom Thumb and his bride, Lavinia Warren, at an afternoon tea celebrating their wedding.

The music is housed in the archives of the museum and has not been performed since in 1863, according to Erik Paul of the Weston High music department, who provided these details and more in an email message to The Forum this week. “Connecticut’s famous mayor and showman P.T. Barnum was such a great promoter of the newlyweds that 2,000 pieces of cake were distributed at the wedding. It’s hard to believe, but news of the Civil War was pushed off the front page when the two married.”

The high school ensembles will perform “Tom Thumb Polka” by Edna Bump, and “The Fairy Wedding Waltz” by J. W. Turner under the direction of WHS music director Erik Paul. Both songs were arranged for the ensembles by New York composer and arranger Neil Ginsburg. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the museum at 203-331-1104, ext.100.

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