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November 17, 2009

Experience the beauty of the holiday season through music!

Music programs at the Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums take guests around the country and around the world to experience the holidays.

The following holiday musical programs are being offered in Colonial Williamsburg this season:

  • A String Band Christmas. The Runaway String Band plays a mix of holiday songs and instrumentals from the hills of Appalachia to the sidewalks of New York. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 27 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $5 plus museum admission.
  • Star Spangled Brass: Music of America. Join the Eastern Virginia Brass for a celebration of America’s music, with rousing renditions of patriotic classics. 3 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $8 plus museum admission.
  • Music for the Holidays (and Everyday!). Virginians looked forward to the Christmas season as a time to set aside work and enjoy family, friends and good cheer. 10:30 and 11 a.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 at the Raleigh Tavern and Dec. 2, 9, and 16 at the Mary Stith House. Price included with any ticket that gives museum admission.
  • Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew. Join John Turner and Michael Monaco as they take a fresh look at familiar carols and hymns from Christmases past. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $5 plus museum admission.
  • A Williamsburg Christmas. Join Trio String Wind for a compelling blend of seasonal music ranging from Celtic through classical with hammered dulcimer, flutes, Celtic harp, guitar, whistles and bodhran. 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $8 plus museum admission.
  • Here We Come a Wassailing. Customs and carols abound in good-humored and high-spirited music, sung and performed on a variety of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. The one-hour program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 20 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $6 plus museum admission.
  • Wassails, Waits and Carols for Christmas! Traditional English and American songs of good cheer performed on violin, piano, guitar, accordion, concertina, autoharp and dulcimer, peppered with lively stories and seasoned with exuberant dancing! Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $10 plus museum admission.
  • And He Called for His Fiddlers Three. Enjoy music for the season on colonial Virginia’s most popular instrument. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $8 plus museum admission.
  • A Christmas Sampler with the Colonial Singers of Williamsburg. Enjoy Christmas songs and traditions that have been bringing Virginians together during the Christmastide for more than four centuries. 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $5 plus museum admission.
  • Fiddling Away the Holidays. Master Fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg tradition by singing, playing, and reveling in the lighter side of the holiday season. 4 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $5 plus museum admission.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season. A lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes with colonial songs and dance melodies all performed on period instruments. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $6 plus museum admission.
  • Music from the Jefferson Collection. Enjoy sonatas, ballads and songs from the musical collection of Thomas Jefferson sung and performed on violin, cello and guitar and narrated by Thomas Jefferson. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $8 plus museum admission.
  • An Acoustic Christmas. Special arrangements of Christmas carols and music of the season arranged for hammer dulcimer and classical guitar by the Miller Rowe Consort of Spartanburg, S.C. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $7 plus museum admission.
  • A Brass Christmas Celebration. Eastern Virginia Brass celebrate the holidays with traditional holiday favorites and beautiful Christmas carols arranged for quintet and brass accompaniment. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $8 plus museum admission.
  • Whoop and Holler. Explore the history of the Virginia banjo from the 18th century to what we are familiar with today. This hour-long program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. Ticket price is $3 plus museum admission.

    European musical holiday traditions are highlighted in the following Colonial Williamsburg programs:

  • Celtic Instrumental Holiday. Virginia Sky—Timothy Seaman and Ann Robinson—presents historic music of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the Celtic lands on hammered dulcimer and Celtic harp, plus mountain dulcimer, flute, pennywhistle, psaltery and the rare bowed dulcimer. The hour-long concert begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $6 plus museum admission.
  • 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 with tunes and songs that delighted Patrick Henry, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $6 plus museum admission.
  • Hammered Dulcimer Wonder and 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 as well as striking new compositions. 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $5 plus museum admission.
  • Songs for an Irish Christmas. Legendary folksinger Kelly Kennedy and noted Dublin opera veteran Anne O’ Byrbe combine forces in a vocal program combining familiar and traditional Irish songs and beloved Christmas carols. 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 9. Kennedy will perform solo at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $5 plus museum admission.
  • Celtic Whispers and the Nativity. Join Ardie Boggs on the Celtic harp, as she travels through the misty space of time, from Ireland to the Holy Land, tracing the Pagan conversion to Christianity. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 11 and 18 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Ticket price is $5 plus museum admission.
  • Drive the Cold Winter Away. Join Fynesound for an entertaining program of tunes, songs and dynamic Highland dancing. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $7 plus museum admission.
  • Dances with Dwarves: A Celtic Celebration. Poisoned Dwarf celebrates the season with driving, traditional Celtic music. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Dec. 19 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $6 plus museum admission.
  • A European Yuletide. The Virginia Sky Trio—Timothy Seaman, Ann Robinson and Peter Budnikas—celebrates the holiday sounds of the many peoples who settled American from Europe, using hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, guitar, Highland bagpipes and flutes. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $8 plus museum admission.
  • An Irish Christmas Celebration. Share in joyous songs, tunes, dances and good “craic” from Kelly Kennedy and her Irish musician friends as they mark the season in traditional Irish fashion, playing a host of instruments and signing their hearts out. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 23, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $7 plus museum admission.
  • Hogmanay: Scottish New Year’s Celebration. Prepare for the beginning of 2010 with John Turner, Cliff Williams and David Gardner, three of Williamsburg’s most talented musicians, as they celebrate Hogmanay with songs and tunes from Scotland. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $7 plus museum admission.

    In addition to a separate ticket, a Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket is required to enjoy these musical programs.

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

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

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of 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, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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