Exploring the Wilds: The Violin in Early America

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Tim Macdonald - Photo courtesy Frontier Culture Museum
Tim Macdonald - Photo courtesy Frontier Culture Museum

Frontier Culture Museum, Dairy Barn Lecture Hall

1290 Richmond Road Staunton, Virginia 24401
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In an era before recordings, live music was prevalent, and the violin was king. The same instrument was used in barns and at royal courts, for rustic country dances and for fashionable classical concerts—and the same players would do it all.

Join national fiddle champion Tim MacDonald to enjoy a huge range of early violin music, from wild dance tunes to plaintive laments to sophisticated sonatas, and learn how professional musicians competed to be the best players, teachers, improvisers, composers, and even dancers, all at the same time.

This event is funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

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