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September 13, 2012

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg Showcases “America’s Music”

Guests take a musical journey across the nation at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. From September – November, artists perform music that came from distant shores to become “America’s Music.” All concerts will be held in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St., Williamsburg.

Each week features a different performer and featured instrument or country. These hour-long performances are at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and include:

  • Sept. 18, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13 – Stephen Christoff explores instruments of the traveling musician.
  • Sept. 25 and Oct. 30 –Timothy Seaman demonstrates Civil War melodies on dulcimer, autoharp and flutes.
  • Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 – John Turner plays Scottish fiddling tunes.
  • Oct. 9 – Singer Kelly Kennedy and fiddler Andy Cleveland explore the Irish connection.
  • Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 – Carson Hudson focuses on folk musical instruments.

    Guests can enjoy live music as they tour the museum during “Music in the Museums.” Musicians perform on period instruments by members of the Governor’s Musick from 3-4:15 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 15.

    These programs are included in Colonial Williamsburg admission, museum admission, Annual or a Good Neighbor Pass. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 220-7724.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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