R.P. Hale in Concert

A small but enthusiastic group gathered at the WCA Red Barn on Saturday evening, September 16 for a harpsicord and hammered dulcimer concert. Dressed in period costume, R.P. Hale was the man behind the keys and mallets. Along with playing pieces by Sir William Herschel, Thomas Jefferson, and more, R.P. took a few minutes before each piece to discuss the piece as well as his instruments.  

A multi-generational and interdisciplinary artist-craftsman, R.P. has been teaching a variety of topics and skills since 1976.He is a concert harpsichordist and hammer dulcimer player as well as a harpsichord/dulcimer maker, master calligrapher and illustrator, pen-and-ink artist, nationally-known wood-engraver, Intaglio and Letterpress printer, wood carver, maker of marbleized papers and fabrics, period re-enactor, linguist, solar and archaeo-astronomer, and historian.

In 1999, the Smithsonian Institute recognized R.P. as one of the top musical instrument makers in the U.S. and exhibited his work. His concerts reflect his wide-ranging musical interests from c.750 B.C. works from China to that of Sir William Herschel of the 1790s.

Born to a Sonoran Mexican family of artists and printers, his programs “La História Cultural de México,” “El Calendro Azteca,” and “Astronomy, Math. Calendars, and Histories of the Maya,” respectively feature the history of Mexico as seen through the arts and traditional lore. R.P. received a Fellowship from the State Arts Council and in 2000 was invited to present his multi-faceted traditions at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival.

Along with his solo performances, he is in heavy demand by ensembles for his improvised accompaniment skills at the harpsichord and organ.

R.P. teaches at St. Paul’s School and is Senior Educator at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, specializing in spectroscopy, star evolution, mathematics, physics, astronomy history and archaeoastronomy. He has built a spectroscopy/optics teaching lab there. He taught summers at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia for 33 years and is a visiting faculty in art and astronomy at Davis and Elkins College.

Ed for a Day to play in Wilmot

ed-tree-8The third and final performance in the WCA’s fall concert series is on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Local band, Ed for a Day will play at the Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The concert is free and open to all!

Ed for a Day formed in 2003 after a bunch of friends compared their top ten favorite bands. After discovering that each list included U2, REM, The Police, The Pixies, and Neil Diamond, they knew that they had to form a band! Today, Ed for a Day includes Neal Byles on lead vocals, guitars, mandolin and mandocello, David Wartski vocals and bass, Walt Cammack on drums and percussion, and part-time member Thelastris Durand on vocals and guitar.

Ed for a Day likes to describe their music as “industrial folk,” mostly because it sounds cool. They play a combination of original songs and covers from a broad range of musical styles, with a general focus on 80s and 90s alternative and grunge.

 

Local Flute Choir to play at the WCA

LSA_Flute_ChoirThe WCA will host a fall concert series beginning with the Lake Sunapee Area Flute Choir on Saturday, September 24. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

The Flute Choir began with six flutists in the fall of 2013 and has grown to eleven performers. While focusing on classical music, the group often adds a lively show tune or ballad to their concert mix.

The group performs ten to twelve times each year for audiences in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region as well as the Upper Valley. They have played at several area churches, graduations and holiday parties. The group has entertained the elderly at assisted living facilities and all ages at Whipple Hall in New London, the Lebanon Opera House and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The WCA’s fall concert series will continue on October 22 with Bob McCarthy. Well known in the New Hampshire music and folk scene, Bob McCarthy is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, mandolinist, and vocalist. The third and final concert will be held on November 19 when Ed For A Day plays rock ’n’ roll.