Dulcimer music at MSV

Posted: December 20, 2013

Star staff report

Winchester — Dulcimer player Madeline MacNeil will perform holiday concerts at 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

The galleries and Museum Store will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and the Museum Café by Bonnie Blue will serve a special dinner menu from 5 to 8 p.m. Concert admission — which includes admission to the galleries — is free to members and youth ages 12 and under and $5 for others.

Renowned for her voice and dulcimer skills, MacNeil’s repertoire includes classical, Celtic, jazz, and traditional Appalachian music. Her MSV performances will feature songs of Christmas and the New Year.

A Shenandoah Valley favorite, she began performing in 1972 in Shenandoah National Park. Since that time, she has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Venues include The Barns at Wolf Trap, the Glasgow Festival of the Arts in Scotland, and the O’Carolan Festival in Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland. In addition, she has recorded more than a dozen independent releases, and her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in public television productions.

Also on Friday night, wine and beer will be available for purchase in the lobby for $5 a glass, and the Museum Café will offer a special dinner menu.

Those interested in attending the concert are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited, and concert tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the performances will be available at the visitor information desk beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Along with the music, those attending the event may also celebrate one of the Shenandoah Valley’s most widely known cultural icons by touring “Becoming Patsy Cline” in the MSV Changing Exhibitions Gallery.

On view through July 6, the exhibition was organized by the MSV in partnership with the Winchester-based organization Celebrating Patsy Cline.

The exhibit uses objects, rare photographs, video and audio recordings, and clothing — much of which is on first-time public display — to illustrate Patsy Cline’s Shenandoah Valley story.

“Becoming Patsy Cline” received underwriting support from Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson, Shenandoah Country Q102, and Winchester Printers.