MSV hosts holiday concerts

Posted: December 7, 2012

Star staff report

Winchester — Classic country music, holiday shopping, gallery tours, wine and a café dinner menu will highlight the Saturday holiday concert at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

The galleries and Museum Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the Museum Café will serve dinner and dessert from 5 to 9 p.m.

At 7 and 8 p.m., Bryan Shepherd and the Folsom Prisoners will perform original numbers and songs made famous by country music greats, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and George Jones.

A guitarist, singer and songwriter from Clarke County, Shepherd released his debut CD, “This Country Lives in Me,” in August.

Shepherd will perform with the Folsom Prisoners, a band based in Fairfax. Each musician in the band has more than 20 years of experience performing and recording. The Folsom Prisoners includes bassist Rob Gabriel, steel guitarist Ron McNuss, drummer Rand Gardener, and vocalists and guitarists Billy Clements and Joe Chiocca. Shepherd and the band will perform the same set of music in two 45-minute sets.

Wine and beer will be available for purchase in the lobby for $5 a glass.

Admission to the holiday concert — which includes gallery admission — is free to members and youth ages 12 and under and $5 for others. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Concert tickets will be available at the Visitor Information Desk beginning at 4 p.m.

The MSV will host three more concerts. On Dec. 14, the Yesterday Swing Orchestra will play at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers will perform Dec. 16, at 1 and 3 p.m., and at 7 and 8 p.m. Winchester Musica Viva will present holiday music Dec. 22. Tickets will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets for the Dec. 16 gospel concert will be available beginning at 10 a.m.