Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble

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Date(s) - 12/03/2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Fairport Museum


Come experience the mesmerizing sounds of the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble performing on Sunday, December 3 from 2:30PM—3:30PM at the Fairport Museum located at 18 Perrin St. in the Village of Fairport. Santa will also be there to meet the children! This event is free and open to the public.

This sought-after group of the Eastman Community Music School. brings the beautiful sound of hammered dulcimers to its customized concerts and features both the local and world-wide connections of this unique instrument. The trapezoid shaped instrument, with many courses of strings, is struck by two hammers and has a history dating at least to the 12th century in the Middle East. The hammered dulcimer also has a local history of builders in Genesee and Chautauqua counties and many regional performers dating from the early 19th century. The long-ringing sound of the hammered dulcimer has been a part of many musical cultures.

Under the direction of founder Mitzie Collins and Linda Sniedze Taggart, the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble has performed extensively throughout Western New York State and has traveled as far afield as Albany NY, Chatham MA, and the Congress of the Cimbalom World Association in Hungary, England, and most recently, Slovakia.

The group, some 18 members strong, also features fiddle, guitar, flute, bass and marimbula. Their repertory ranges from 12th century dances to Swiss polkas and waltzes, from seasonal repertoire to 19th century hymns and parlor songs. They also specialize in the lively fiddle tunes that were popular in rural Western New York.

Check for upcoming Striking Strings performances and learn more about hammered dulcimers in Rochester, NY.
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