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November 2, 2011

Harpsichordist Explores Musical, Fashion Trends Spanning Five Centuries During Concert at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Harpsichordist Elaine Funaro explores the evolving musical tastes and fashions of Europe and contemporary America during the concert, “Nod to the ‘90s: Five Centuries of Harpsichord Music,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.

Funaro begins the journey in 1591 and brings to life the featured composers through historical anecdotes, poetry and her own personal accountings. Along with her words and music, she changes costumes while speaking, flipping her two-sided skirts and removing layers to reveal the next century’s fashion. At the conclusion of the performance, Funaro takes questions from the audience.

She is a frequent performer at international early music festivals, as well as the artistic director of Aliénor, a non-profit organization that sponsors a worldwide competition for new harpsichord music.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for youth ages six to 17 in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor pass. Good Neighbors and William & Mary faculty receive a 50 percent discount off the separate ticket for a total of $4.

Programs and exhibitions at Colonial Williamsburg’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 326 W. Francis St., 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

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