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April 4, 2003

Irish Folk Songs, Mississippi Blues and Keyboard Music Focus of March Concerts at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum will host three concerts featuring three different music genres during March. All concerts will be held in the Wallace Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. They are included in museum admission but require advance reservations. Reservations can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket outlet, including the Wallace Museum Gift Shop.

Local band “Coyote Run” brings an eclectic blend of folk and Celtic music to their program, “Ireland: A Shamrock Tale,” at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the band will present songs, legends and humor that illustrate the indomitable spirit and joy of the Irish people. Coyote Run’s music is available on two CDs, “Warrior Poet” and “Coyote Run.”

On Saturday, March 22 at 4 p.m., blues musician Steve Cheseborough explores the origins and the early history of the Mississippi blues during, “Cookin’ with the Blues.” He will perform songs by 1920s-30s artists such as Robert Johnson, Bo Carter and Blind Boy Fuller. A performer, lecturer and author, Cheseborough has produced two CDs, “Ham Hocks and Gravy” and “Outstanding Blues” and will appear in an upcoming film by Robert Hugge, “Last of the Mississippi Jukes.” He is the author of the guidebook, “Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues.”

On Wednesday, March 26 at 4 p.m., keyboard musician Michael Monaco will play classical 18th-century selections from his CD, “Keys of the Palace,” on a 1762 Jacob Kirckman harpsichord from Colonial Williamsburg collections.

A member of the music staff at Colonial Williamsburg since 1997, Monaco has been a professional musician since he first played the church organ at the age of 12 and is a graduate and former faculty member of Mannes College of Music in New York City. He also is the harpsichordist for Governor’s Musick, Colonial Williamsburg’s resident performing ensemble.

CDs from all performers will be for sale in the Wallace Museum Shop.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s award-winning DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, supported by the DeWitt Wallace Fund for Colonial Williamsburg, displays the foundation’s exceptional collection of English and American decorative arts. The museum is on Francis Street near Merchants Square and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 16 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17 to Jan. 1, 2004. For program information, call (757) 220-7724.

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