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November 12, 2010

Experience the Beauty of the Holiday Season Through Music!

Music programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg take guests around the country and around the world to experience the holidays. Make plans now to enjoy these new holiday musical programs offered this season:

  • Rise My Soul: Music for Thanksgiving. Members of the Governor’s Musick perform 17th- and 18th-century music that reflects the spirit of Thanksgiving. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Virginia Roots Music: A Performance in Story, Image and Song. A multimedia presentation that dynamically combines live music, period recordings and images to highlight the roots of Virginia’s, and America’s, most important musical traditions. The show covers early Gospel, Appalachian fiddling and the roots of the blues. Virginia Roots Music is a collaboration of several Virginia musicians and educators led by Mark Campbell, master fiddler, and Gregg Kimball, director of educational and outreach at the Library of Virginia. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • An Appalachian Christmas. Kelly Kennedy and friends sing and play the traditional music from the mountains of early Virginia and the Appalachians. Hear fanciful tales, familiar songs, recipes, dances and tunes played on fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, limber jack and voice. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Grand Illumination Celebration. Barry Trott, Brian Forsman, Doug Austin and Lynn Trott take you on a musical journey from the ballads and country dances of the 18th-century to fiddle tunes of Appalachia, and the early days of bluegrass. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 5. Museum admission and an additional $10 ticket.
  • Wassail! Children can join Stephen Christoff and Gabe Stone for a Christmas concert featuring unusual and fascinating instruments such as the serpent, musical saw, trombone, sitern, Jew’s harp, Irish flute, comb and paper, bagpipes and more! 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Museum admission and an additional $3 ticket.
  • Christmas with the Cobham Consort. Join Barry and Lynn Trott, along with Cliff Williams, as they capture the spirit and sound of the Colonial period with an entertaining and exciting mix of vocal and instrumental music featuring baroque guitar, mandolin, viola da gamba and various wind and percussion instruments. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • A Moravian Lovefeast for Christmas. If a traveler to America in the 18th century wanted to find the best music written and performed in the European tradition, he need look no further than the Moravian settlements in the wilderness of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Kelly Kennedy and members of the Ad Hoc Choir perform the glorious anthems, hymns and chorales for Christmas of these unique contributors to America’s music heritage. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22. Museum admission and an additional $7 ticket.

    Other musical holiday traditions that guests can enjoy are highlighted in the following Colonial Williamsburg programs:

  • Star Spangled Brass: Music of America. Join the Eastern Virginia Brass for a celebration of America’s music with rousing renditions of patriotic classics. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. Museum admission and an additional $8 ticket.
  • Celtic Whispers and the Nativity. Celtic harpist Ardie Boggs travels through the misty space of time from Ireland to the Holy Land, tracing the Pagan Celt’s conversion to Christianity. 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • St. Andrew’s Day Celebration. Scottish fiddling master John Turner teams up with singer-guitarist Cliff Williams for a fitting musical tribute on this day honoring Scotland’s patron saint. St. Andrew’s Day has become an important time for the recognition and celebration of traditional music in contemporary Scotland. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • Charting the Holidays. Discover the origins of popular traditions as settlers arrived from the British Isles and Europe, bringing their music and customs to the colonies. 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • Hammered Dulcimer Wonder & Joy. In pianistic solo style, Timothy Seaman’s glowing new Celtic airs interweave with lively and awe-filled seasonal melodies from America and the Old World. These striking new compositions from Seaman’s recordings, which include the mountain dulcimer, bamboo flute, low whistle and psaltery, fill out a dynamic and memorable sonic tapestry celebrating the holidays. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and 17. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Colonial Music for Children. Musicians and music historians David and Ginger Hildebrand draw little ones into the world of colonial music and expose them to instruments like the harpsichord, English and Spanish guitars, hammered dulcimer, German and English flutes and djembe, an African drum. Guessing games, sing-alongs and show and tell are all part of the fun. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Museum admission and an additional $3 ticket.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season. Guests enjoy a lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes with colonial songs and dance melodies all performed on appropriate period instruments. Musicians and music historians David and Ginger Hildebrand provide commentary between selections to set the scene and illuminate the cultural context of 18th-century music in America. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • A Williamsburg Christmas. Trio String Wind (Ardie Boggs, Phillip Skeens and Timothy Seaman) offer a musical range from Celtic to classical with hammered dulcimer, flutes, Celtic harp, guitar, whistles and bodhran. 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. Museum admission and an additional $8 ticket.
  • Fiddling Away the Holidays. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition alive by singing, playing and reveling in the lighter side of the holiday season. Included is the not-to-be missed “Twelve Days of Christmas” as only John and his eclectic collection of whistles and instruments can provide. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 and 14. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Seller of Songs. Stephen Christoff explores early American music, telling the story of Americans and their struggle for freedom from the 18th century and beyond. 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 and 16. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • On Christmas Day in the Morning: Christmas Songs and Stories. Barry Trott and Lee Welch perform a delightful program of carols, songs and stories of Yuletide, drawing on some of the best-loved Christmas music of the 17th and 18th centuries performed on a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Museum admission and an additional $3 ticket.
  • Here We Come a Wassailing. Join Lee Welch and Barry Trott for traditional tunes performed on a variety of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • Artisan’s Celtic Wonderland. The trio Artisan (Ardie Boggs, Timothy Seaman and Ann Robinson) brings unique Celtic and seasonal music on two magnificent Celtic harps, two virtuosic hammered dulcimers, flutes, whistles and psalteries to engulf your holidays in fragrant joy and peace. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Museum admission and an additional $8 ticket.
  • Dances with Dwarves: A Celtic Celebration. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with only acoustic instruments, Poisoned Dwarf, a band from Williamsburg, Va., will have you dancing in the aisles. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 28. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • A European Yuletide. Join The Virginia Sky Trio-- Timothy Seaman, Ann Robinson and Peter Budnikas-- as they celebrate the Christmas sounds of the many people who settled in America from Europe. Using hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, guitar, highland bagpipes and flutes these charming and vibrant interpretations create a unique holiday glow. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. Museum admission and an additional $8 ticket.
  • Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew. John Turner and Michael Monaco take a fresh look at familiar carols and hymns from Christmases past. Guests sing familiar words and sometimes unfamiliar tunes accompanied by harpsichord, fiddle, recorder or pochette. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Profound Joy. Guests are invited to reflect on the meaning of the season before the Community Christmas tree lighting on Market Square. Performing solo, Timothy Seaman celebrates the wonder of the holiday season with early American and old European songs as well as new compositions from his recordings. Winter, Christmas and Hanukkah themes are heard in the glowing drama of the extended-range hammered dulcimer. 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. Museum admission and an additional $4 ticket.
  • A Brass Christmas Celebration. Eastern Virginia Brass celebrate the holidays with a good sprinkling of traditional holiday favorites and beautiful Christmas carols. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. Museum admission and an additional $8 ticket.
  • Acoustic Christmas. Special arrangements of Christmas carols and music of the season and the unique sounds that come from blending the warmth and richness of classical guitar played by Michael Miller with the exciting yet soothing hammer dulcimer played by David Rowe highlight this concert by the Miller-Rowe Consort from Spartanburg, S.C. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27. Museum admission and an additional $7 ticket.
  • An Irish Christmas Celebration. Share in joyous songs, tunes, dances and good “craic” with Kelly Kennedy and her Irish musician friends as they mark the season in traditional Irish fashion, playing a host of instruments and singing their hearts out. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29. Museum admission and an additional $7 ticket.
  • A String Band Christmas. String bands in the 1920s and ‘30s played a wide variety of popular songs and tunes. The Runaway String Band continues the tradition of the Virginia string bands, presenting hot instrumentals, three- and four-part harmonies and a selection of traditional holiday music and stories from the early 20th-century. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. Museum admission and an additional $5 ticket.
  • Hogmanay: A Scottish New Year Celebration. Witness a re-enactment of the struggle between the forces of light and darkness with Peter Budnikas and Timothy Seaman and enjoy stories and songs about ancient traditions that are still practiced with hopes for good luck in the New Year. 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Museum admission and an additional $6 ticket.
  • Whoop and Holler. Musical historian and performer Carson Hudson explores the history of the Virginia banjo from the 18th century to what we are familiar with today. Hear music played on reproductions of early banjos. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. Museum admission and an additional $3 ticket.

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

    For more information,, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit /christmas/

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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. 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 website at www.history.org.

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