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Richard Kolb (lecture and demonstration); Hsuan-Wen Chen, harpsichord; Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano

Date & Time: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Location: Piano Performance Museum, Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter
Tickets Purchased Ahead: $10; $7 students
(Book-ahead ticket prices good up to 5 hours before the performance)
Tickets Purchased at the Door: $12; $7 students

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Catskill Mountain Foundation is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts, the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, the Samuel and Esther Doctorow Fund, the New York Council for the Humanities, Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, The Greene County Youth Bureau, Marshall & Sterling Insurance, All Souls' Church, Stewarts Shops, Windham Foundation, and by private donations.

Lecture: "Harpsichords, Lutes and Cristofori's Archicembalo"

In the 1690s, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1732), harpsichord maker at the Florentine court of Ferdinando de' Medici built what is considered to be the first successful piano, an instrument called the Archicembalo. As musical priorities evolved, the piano gradually displaced the harpsichord during the 18th century as the predominant instrument for both accompaniment and solo playing.

This lecture-demonstration will introduce the harpsichord and lute family instruments (which include the pear-bodied archlute, the extremely long-necked theorbo, and the percussive baroque guitar), with descriptions of each instrument and performances, showing their use in various kinds of music. Demonstrations will highlight the ways music changed in the 18th century, and afterwards, participants will have an opportunity to look at the instruments up close and talk to the performers.



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