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February 2, 2007

"From Ear to Ear" concert follows history of African-American music

Explore the roots of 18th-century African-American music during the exciting concert, “From Ear to Ear,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.

The concert takes guests on a musical journey from Africa to the Caribbean and on to America, featuring traditional African instruments. Enjoy the intricate rhythms of Africa and discover how African music was reshaped and transformed. The roots of today’s blues, jazz and bluegrass sounds can be traced to these energetic rhythms and mournful sounds.

A separate ticket is required for admission.

“From Ear to Ear” is part of Black History Month programming, which is being sponsored by the Norfolk Southern Corporation.

For guests who want to take the experience home with them, they can purchase the “From Ear to Ear: The Passage of African Music Through American Slavery” CD. A booklet accompanying the CD includes background information and a brief history for each of the 23 musical cuts. The CD also includes interactive “extras” that can be accessed on a computer, allowing the user to virtually “play” an instrument called a balafon and contains background essays, song lyrics, a short video, historical images and background information about the performers. The CD is available at the WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® at the Visitor Center, the Craft House and Everything Williamsburg in Merchants Square or call 1-800-HISTORY.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121