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August 15, 2008

Trio of concerts at CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum feature three types of 18th-century music

Enjoy the music of our forefathers through three different concerts at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum this fall. All programs will be in the Hennage Auditorium.

During Wanderer’s Music, Stephen Christoff performs the music of the traveler, as he sings and plays a wide variety of instruments that traveled with our forefathers and then became a source of entertainment in new homes on distant shores. At 3 p.m. hear unique musical performances on the musical saw, octave mandolin, Jew’s harp, Spanish guitar, banjo, comb and paper and hand-bones. Show dates are Fridays, Sept. 12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7 and 21.

Musical historian and performer Carson Hudson explores the history of the Virginia banjo from its 18th-century African American roots to the Civil War and 19th-century minstrel shows to the 20th-century bluegrass tradition. Hear music played on reproductions of early banjos. Whoop and Holler will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and Nov. 4.

Join Dean Shostak in Fiddleworks for an all new foot-stomping romp through 400 years of fiddle music. Shostak plays an 18th-century kit fiddle, a cigar box fiddle and a stroviol, an early 20th-century metal fiddle made for recording with jazz bands. Showings begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy these musical programs.

Entrance to the museum is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis Street. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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Penna Rogers
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