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‘Roots Music Festival’ set for Sept. 6 at Irvington church

The Foundation for Historic Christ Church in Irvington is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the foundation has scheduled several events beginning in September that will appeal to the Northern Neck community and beyond.

Friday, September 5, will mark the beginning of a six-week-long exhibition called “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” sponsored by the Smithsonian, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Virginia Association of Museums. The exhibition celebrates “roots music”—sacred and secular, acoustic and electric, simple and complex, old and new music that has grown out of American folk traditions.

To introduce “New Harmonies” to the public, on Saturday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Christ Church will put on its own Roots Music Festival in the churchyard. Visitors can hear a series of local and regional musicians performing their own special versions of roots music. There will be gospel music, jazz, blues, country and more.

There will be a “petting zoo,” where people can touch and get to know unique musical instruments. Christ Church Historian Robert Teagle will help children make and play their own musical instruments. There will be lunches for sale for those who will want to stay for the whole day and who don’t want to miss a single performer.

The all-day event will be open to the public and the cost will be a donation. Support for this event is provided by Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The Chesapeake Chorale.

posted 08.29.2008

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