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February 20, 2009

Revolutionary City Concert Series presents three exciting concerts for spring 2009

Colonial Williamsburg presents a series of concerts celebrating the musical styles and instruments of the 18th century. The Revolutionary City® Concert series includes three distinct musical presentations, each unique to specific aspects of life in the colonial capital. All programs will be held at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

“Revolutionary City Concert: The Cobham Consort” brings together three longtime performers of 17th- and 18th-century popular music who have performed throughout Virginia and most of the original 13 colonies. A Cobham Consort performance includes an entertaining and exciting mix of vocal and instrumental music featuring the baroque guitar, mandolin, viola de gamba and various wind and percussion instruments. As well as hearing outstanding musical performances that capture the spirit and sound of the colonial period, concertgoers also can learn the stories behind the songs and tunes that were popular in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. “The Cobham Consort” concert will be held on 7 p.m. Fridays, March 20, April 10, May 15 and 29.

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums presents a program that interprets the life of the 18th-century military musician during the American Revolution in “Revolutionary City Concert: The Art of Fifing and Drumming.” Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will showcase their talent in this program on 7 p.m. Fridays, April 3, 24, May 8 and June 5.

“Revolutionary City Concert: The Dukes of Gloucester” offers guests the opportunity to join Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon for an evening of popular songs, the latest dance tunes and other favorites from the 1760s, 70s and 80s. “The Dukes of Gloucester” program will be held on 7 p.m. Fridays, March 27, April 17, May 1 and June 12, and 7:30 p.m. May 22.

A separate ticket for each event is required. Cost is $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six. For reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. The museums will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 15 and then 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 16, 2009 to Jan. 2, 2010. 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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121