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July 27, 2011

Kelly Kennedy and Her Band, “Lilt,” Perform Beautiful Irish Dance Tunes, Songs and Airs Aug. 2

The concert series, “America’s Music,” explores the origins of American music through different performers, instruments and countries in performances on selected Tuesdays at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. At 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, guests can enjoy a special performance by Kelly Kennedy and her band, “Lilt,” featuring beautiful Irish dance tunes, songs and airs that now find themselves part of America's music.

Additional performances in this concert series include:

  • Carson Hudson discusses folk instruments like the ones in Colonial Williamsburg’s exhibition, “Cross Rhythms,” at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 and Aug. 23 and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11.
  • John Turner examines the influence of Scottish fiddle tunes at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Nov. 22.
  • Timothy Seaman performs music on various dulcimers and other stringed instruments at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
  • Stephen Christoff examines unique instruments of the traveling musician at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and Nov. 1.
  • Kelly Kennedy explores the influence of Irish music on American music at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Nov. 8.

    No performances will be held Sept. 27, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor card provides access to this lecture. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY.

    Colonial Williamsburg’s music programs are funded in part by the Marianne and Randall Tobias Music Endowment Program and the Lynne R. Murphy Memorial Endowment Fund.

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

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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