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December 2, 2011

The Holidays Come Alive Through Music!

Music programs at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg take guests back in time and around the world to experience the holidays. Make plans now to enjoy all the new holiday musical programs offered this season:

  • A Cappella Grand Illumination Celebration. Enjoy the joyous sounds of a cappella groups from the College of William and Mary as they celebrate the season with unique arrangements of traditional and modern holiday music. Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. A $10 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Cleansing Fountain: Early American Folk Hymns. Timothy Seaman plays familiar and rarely heard tunes from the folk shape-note tradition interpreted on hammered dulcimer, bamboo flute and voice. 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. A $5 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • American Folk Songs for Christmas. Kelly Kennedy and friends explore beautiful traditional songs from Appalachia and beyond from the collection of Ruth Crawford Seeger. 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • A Swing Band Christmas. Enjoy seasonal favorites and remembered memories with the Hot Club of DOG Street that you might have danced to in the 1930s. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Mandolins for the Holidays. Doug Austin and Barry Trott explore classical, popular and seasonal pieces. 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. A $5 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • An Early American Christmas Songbook. Kelly Kennedy and friends celebrate the season with glorious music from the Shaker and Moravian traditions, shape note hymns and wilderness revival hymns. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. A $7 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Joyous Holiday Strings. Allows guests to celebrate the meaning of Christmas, Hanukkah and the winter solstice on hammered dulcimer, guitar and Celtic harp with Timothy Seaman, Phillip Skeens and Ann Robinson at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. A $9 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Old Time Country Holiday. Join the Shivers as they draw from traditional American and Appalachian sources, spiritual and secular songs to celebrate the holidays. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Happy Hogmanay. Celebrate the Scotsman’s greatest day with John Turner, David Gardner and Cliff Williams with songs, tunes and stories to say farewell to 2011 and welcome 2012. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. A $8 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.

    Many program favorites are back for guests to enjoy as well:

  • Charting the Holidays. Discover the origins of popular traditions as settlers arrived from the British Isles and Europe, bringing their music and customs to the colonies. Join Lee Welch, Sarah Glosson and Barry Trott in this engaging holiday show. 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season. David and Ginger Hildebrand present a lively mixture of carols, old wassailing tunes, colonial songs and dance melodies. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. A $7 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • 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 accompanied by harpsichord, fiddle, recorder or pochette. 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Dances with Dwarves: A Celtic Celebration. Poisoned Dwarf celebrates the season with driving, traditional Celtic music. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. A $7 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area of museum admission pass.
  • Fiddling Away the Holidays. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition by singing, playing and reveling in the lighter side of the holiday season. Included is the not-to-be-missed Twelve Days of Christmas as only John and his eclectic collection of whistles and instruments can provide. 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. A $5 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Songs for the Christmastide. The Colonial Singers explore five centuries of Christmas Music in song and word, from ancient Jamestown to modern Williamsburg. Celebrate the Christmastide as Virginians have enjoyed since 1807. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Music from the Jefferson Collection. Join Bill Barker, John Turner, Lee Welch and Sarah Glosson for music that Thomas Jefferson collected, played and enjoyed in his travels here and abroad. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22. A $8 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • And He Called for His Fiddlers Three. Join fiddlers John Turner, David Gardner and Emily Scalici for a rousing romp through popular holiday and dance tunes from the 18th century and 19th centuries accompanied by guitarist Cliff Williams. 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. An $8 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Profound Joy. Timothy Seaman celebrates the wonder of the holiday season with early American and old European as well as new compositions. 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. A $4 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • An Irish Christmas Celebration. Share in joyous songs, tunes, dances and good ‘craic’ with Kelly Kennedy and her Irish musician friends as they mark the season in traditional Irish fashion. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. An $8 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • A Brass Christmas Celebration. Eastern Virginia Brass celebrates the holidays with traditional holiday favorites and beautiful Christmas carols arranged for quintet. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. A $9 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • The Magic Journey of the Celtic Musician. Join Fynesound for an unforgettable trip around the Highlands of Scotland, singing and dancing as you go! The trip ends with a ceilidh at the ancient seat of Scottish Kings at Dunadd in Argyll. The distinctive sound of harp, cello and fiddle, along with dynamic Highland dancing and thrilling singing, will transfigure those present into guests at a ceilidh! What is a ceilidh? Find out and be ready for some participation with our singer and dancer. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. A $5 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Peace on Earth – Goodwill to All! Join Fynesound to enjoy some old and new carols and the graceful, passionate traditional music from both Scotland and Ireland. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. A $10 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • A String Band Christmas. String bands in the 1920s and 1930s played a wide variety of popular songs and tunes. The Runaway String Band plays a mix of holiday songs and instrumentals from the hills of Appalachia to the sidewalks of New York, continuing the tradition of the Virginia string bands presenting hot instrumentals, three and four-part harmonies, and a selection of traditional holiday music and stories from the early 20th century. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30. A $6 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.

    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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