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January 22, 2008

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg host Revolutionary City Concert Series

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg host the Revolutionary City Concert Series featuring a variety of popular 18th-century music. Programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium and include:

  • The Art of Fifing and Drumming, March 21, April 11, May 2, 23 and June 6. As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums presents a program that interprets the life of an 18th-century military musician during the American Revolution. The history of the Foundation’s Fifes and Drums and the colonial history of field music also will be presented.
  • The Cobham Consort, March 28, April 18, May 9 and 30, brings together three longtime performers with 75 years of combined experience playing the songs enjoyed in colonial Virginia. They have performed throughout Virginia and most of the original 13 colonies. The concert features an exciting mix of vocal and instrumental music on baroque guitar, mandolin, viola da gamba, and various wind and percussion instruments. Concertgoers also will hear the stories behind the songs that were popular in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia.
  • From Ear to Ear, April 4, 25, May 16 and June 13. Explore the roots of 18th-century African American music. Travel on a musical journey from Africa to the Caribbean and on to America. 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 for each event is required. Cost is $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six. For reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Entrance to The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg is through the Public Hospital of 1773 on Francis Street between Nassau and South Henry Streets. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    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. “Revolutionary City®,” a daily two-hour interactive dramatic presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. 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 Web site at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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