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New harpsichord to be featured at Starlight Strings concert

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New harpsichord to be featured at Starlight Strings concert

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Starlight Strings Concert, The Baroque Sound, this year with an exciting addition: a new harpsichord.

The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Activities Center Lee Little Theater. Admission to the concert is $5 per person and children under the age of 5 will be admitted free.

“A harpsichord is any of a family of European keyboard instruments, including the large instrument currently called a harpsichord,” said EAC orchestra director, Franklin Alvarez. “All of these instruments generate sound by plucking a string rather than striking one, as in a piano or clavichord.”

Starting around the middle of the century, harpsichord construction took a new turn when a new generation of builders sought to imitate the designs and construction methods of earlier centuries. This movement was led by (among others) Frank Hubbard and William Dowd, working in Boston. These builder-scholars took apart and inspected many old instruments and consulted the written material on harpsichords from the historical period. Most harpsichords built today are based on the rediscovered principles of the old makers. “And that is what our harpsichord is like,” said Alvarez. “This instrument is constructed excellently, in period history style. And the sound is magnificent.”

Admission is $5 per person to this family-friendly event and children age five and under are free. For more information about the concert, contact Alvarez at (928) 428-8266.