Electric String Quartet to Play Rock Classics and Bartenders to Mix Cocktails from the Past; $10 Admission Includes Mixology Samples, Music, Finger Food, and Gallery Admission

Winchester, VA 2/19/14…Rock music performed by an electric-string quartet, samples of classic cocktails, and light hors d’oeuvres will highlight the Mixology & Metal happy hour at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) this Thursday, February 20.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and mixology demonstrations will take place until 7 p.m. The galleries will be open and the music will continue until 8 p.m. Admission—which is just $10 per person—includes mixology samples, music, finger foods, and gallery admission.

Event attendees will learn the art of mixing and enjoy complimentary samples of an Amaretto Stone Sour, a Singapore Sling, a Cuba Libra, and the Dark & Stormy. Bartenders Brian Pellatt and Christian Schweiger will also discuss the history of these famous cocktails.

The electric string-quartet Anthem will perform on the gallery level lobby where visitors may enjoy the music and their cocktails. The band will put a classical music spin on rock and metal hits from artists such as Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. The evening’s music will include these famous songs: Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” “Back in Black” by AC/DC, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, and the alternative rock songs “Yellow” and “Clocks” by Coldplay. Founded in 1994 by Reston, Virginia, resident Chelle Funk, Anthem includes musicians who perform with many Washington, DC, area bands, orchestras, and theaters. Anthem’s Thursday night performance at the MSV will be complemented by a showing of a concert film, Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same, in the MSV Reception Hall.

Attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets or register for the event online at www.theMSV.org. Those who purchase tickets online will be entered to win a drawing for four free MSV Gardens at Night tickets ($40 value).

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia.  The MSV complex—which includes the Museum, the Glen Burnie House, and six acres of gardens—is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Museum galleries are open year-round; the gardens are open seasonally. The gardens will reopen on April 1, 2014. The house will open on June 10, 2014, following a comprehensive preservation project. Additional information is available at www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.