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June 10, 2008

Revolutionary City Concert Series presents three exciting concerts for summer and fall 2008

For the summer and fall seasons, Colonial Williamsburg presents a series of concerts celebrating the musical styles and instruments of the 18th century. The Revolutionary City Concert series includes three distinctly different musical presentations, each unique to specific aspects of life in the colonial capitol. All programs will be held at 7 p.m. 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, concert goers 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 Fridays, June 20, July 18, Aug. 8, 29, Oct. 10, 31 and Nov. 21.

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.” These world-renowned military musicians will represent Colonial Williamsburg at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland July 15-19 and the 82nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will showcase their talent in this program on Fridays, June 27, July 25, Aug. 15, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7.

“Revolutionary City Concert: From Ear to Ear” explores the roots of 18th-century African American music during this exciting concert. This program travels on a musical journey from Africa to America. Audiences can enjoy the intricate rhythms of Africa and discover how African music was reshaped and transformed into a distinctly “soulful” African American musical sound. “From Ear to Ear” will be presented on Fridays, July 11, Aug. 1, Oct. 3 and 17 and Nov. 14.

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.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets at 326 W. Francis St. 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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