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September 11, 2007

CW's "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 Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. Performances are held 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.

Guests who want to take the experience home with them 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, the Museum Store, the Williamsburg Lodge gift shop and Tickets, Treasures and Books, as well as the e-commerce site,

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution 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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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