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A Skaggs Family Christmas at Strathmore Music Center December 1st

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A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume TwoNorth Bethesda, MD -- Strathmore brings the 10 Days of Christmas to Washington, D.C. with a collection of events that will make December flush with the sounds of the holiday season. Fourteen-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs marshals the members of his gifted family as well as his in-laws, the bluegrass masters the White Family, to make this holiday season a family affair. Imbued with the pure mountain sound of bluegrass, popular holiday carols will be rediscovered, with renditions of "Little Drummer Boy," "What Child is This?," "The Christmas Guest," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more.

Strathmore is an established arts presenter and cultural destination that nurtures art, artists and community through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality, and is home to the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro's Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with ticket purchase.

The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro's Red Line. Parking for Mansion performances is available on site in the Mansion parking lot.

Strathmore concertgoers will find the Music Center and Mansion bursting with iconic carols, warm piano tunes, Klezmer, a cappella carols and memorable noels, smooth jazz riffs on seasonal favorites and original song, as well as activities that will have the whole family singing in the spirit of the season. For more information about any of Strathmore's holiday concerts or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

The Skaggs family recently released their A Skaggs Family Christmas Volume Two album which features Ricky, his wife Sharon and their children (Luke and Molly), Buck and Cheryl White, and Cheryl's daughter, Rachel Leftwich, part of the Skaggs' extended family and members of a celebrated musical clan in their own right. Also highlighted are world-renowned Kentucky Thunder and The Nashville Strings. The disc kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass arrangement of "Christmas Time's A Coming," which segues smoothly to showcase Sharon White Skaggs and her sister, Cheryl, trading lead vocals on the bright, acoustic, "Light of the Stable." An a capella version of "The First Noel" finds Ricky singing lead, while the signature vocals of the White sisters excel on the high and low harmonies. Heavenly voices rise in praise on the classic seasonal favorite, "Silent Night," which also features a poignant mandolin and soaring strings. Molly Skaggs shines on "What Songs Were Sung," proving she's more than worthy to carry on the families' traditions, while brother Luke burns up the fret on his own composition, the intricate instrumental, "Flight To Egypt." The modern "Reunion Song" features a deceptively-simple sing-along melody, and Ricky not only triumphs on the lead vocal, but also plays Guitars, Mandolin, Gut String Solo and Dan Electro. Skaggs' lightning-fast finger pickin' guitar lick jump-starts "Children Go" and the vocal interplay between the family members (Ricky, Buck, Sharon and Cheryl) should leave listeners breathless. A haunting, original arrangement and expressive vocals by Luke, Molly and Rachel highlight "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel," and the disc closes with a classical instrumental interpretation of "Joy To The World."

As a bonus, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live (DVD) is included with the purchase of the CD. The DVD features the family's heartwarming holiday concert, recorded live in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The three generations have taken this special show on the road for the last eight years, and the tradition continues this year, with the troupe performing at a variety of venues throughout the holiday season.

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