Clermont Forum II Performances by Madeline MacNeil and Anetra Summers (at the April 12th opening )

The exhibit Clermont Forum II, will open to the public tomorrow Saturday April 12th, and  will run until May 31, and will include an artist’s panel on April 26th. This exhibit is curated by the Rotating History Project in partnership with the Clermont Foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Tomorrows opening from 3-7pm will include performances by Anetra Summers and Madeline MacNeil starting at 5pm.

About Anetra Summers:

Anetra Summers has performed at venues including the Appollo Theatre in NYC. She is currently a resident of Winchester VA and has family in  Josephine City. She will be performing A cappella at the opening.

About Madeline MacNeil:

Madeline MacNeil’s audiences hold their collective breath as the last notes of her songs drift into the tableau of stages large and small. Since 1972, when she began performing in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Madeline’s goal has always been to bring listeners into the song. Her interest in stories first brought the mountain and hammered dulcimers to her attention, for they are part of this country’s musical history. This is part of Madeline’s treasure as a performer: she sings and tells the stories with her beautiful voice and exceptional dulcimer skills.

Madeline’s New England ancestors (she’s a first-generation Virginian) arrived in the fishing and mariner towns of Rockport and Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1635, while her Canadian forbears came to Cape Breton from Edinburgh in the mid-1800’s. She knits it all together: Scotland’s countryside, the lives of families separated and brought together by the sea, and the resilience and art of those who settled in the Appalachian Mountains.

Her recording career began in 1983 and now includes more than a dozen independent releases, including tributes to her family heritage on Songs Of Earth and Sea and her love for jazz on As Time Goes By. Heart’s Ease (classical and Celtic music featuring the hammered dulcimer) won an Indie for string music from NAIRD, while Christmas Comes Anew was a finalist for this coveted award. Her recording of “Shenandoah,” her signature song, has been used extensively in Public Television productions.

She has performed in schools for students from elementary through high school and often invited them to play a little on her dulcimers. The Barns At Wolf Trap has presented her in concert, as have arts centers, churches and universities throughout the United States. Across the Atlantic, she has performed at the O’Carolan Festival in Keadue, County Roscommon, Ireland; the Glasgow Festival of the Arts in Scotland; and for the Nonsuch Dulcimer Gathering in East Norton, Leicestershire, England. For several years she was a touring artist under the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She’s been honored by folk organizations and festivals.

Madeline is a best-selling author of mountain and hammered dulcimer books for Mel Bay Publications, and from 1978 through 2006 she was the publisher of Dulcimer Players News, a quarterly publication devoted to both hammered and mountain dulcimers.



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