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Inaugural Benefit Concert for the Baroque Trio Project, July 23

At the Salyards Center for the Arts

(left to right) Floyd W. Corson, White Mountain Musical Arts Director and performer in concert; Hendrik Broekman of Hubbard Co., master craftsman for restoration of Harpsichord; Ken Turley, founder of the project; Jim Arnold and Susan Proctor, Directors of Conway Historical Society/Salyards. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
July 22, 2010
On Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m., Salyards Center for the Arts will present a benefit concert to unveil and introduce it's newly acquired Hubbard Harpsichord. Donated by the mother of Roy Trombley, brought to the area from Detroit by Ken Turley, refurbished and completed by Hendrik Broekman of Hubbell Harpsichord in Framingham Mass., this full size instrument is fully playable and is both authentic and beautiful in sound and appearance. This rare and beautiful instrument whose origins are from the Baroque era of the 1600 and 1700s, will now have a permanent home at The Salyards Center for the Arts, hosted by the Conway Historical Society where it will be available for display and performance.

The inaugural concert will feature a variety of music composed for the harpsichord as a solo instrument and in combination with other instruments from the period. Performers will include noted keyboardists Floyd W. Corson and Nancy D. Farris along with violinist Chris Nourse, flutist Doris Henney and bassoonist, Nancy Goldenhar. The program will feature a selection of compositions by Baroque composers J. S. Bach and Philippe Telemann among others, as well as original compositions by local composer Ken Turley.

Sponsored in part by The White Mountain Bach Festival, Mountain Top Music and the North Conway Music Shop, the full proceeds from this concert will be used in helping to complete the restoration of the two remaining sister instruments, a clavichord and a virginal, which will complete the collection of the three primary keyboard instruments of the Baroque era. As a complete set, The Baroque Trio will serve as a hands on display of authentic representations of an important era in the history of western music. Refurbished and finished by Hendrick Broekman, one of the finest craftsmen in the field, these instruments will be authentically constructed and finished, visually beautiful and completely playable. Upon completion they will be permanently available for performance and for practice by serious students of the music of this era.

To date grants secured through the requests by the Conway Historical Society and the White Mountain Musical Arts have resulted in gifts from the Goldberg Foundation, the Mulford Foundation and the Pequawket Foundation, as well as private donations from supporters in the greater New Hampshire/Maine areas. Nearly $14,000 has been raised for complete Phase I of the Baroque Trio project, resulting in bringing the harpsichord to its current finished and playable state. The goal of Phase II of the project is to complete the Clavichord in a similar fashion. The funds needed for Phase II of the project, totals $4,671. At present, nearly half of the amount has been received and it is the goal of this concert to substantially fund the remaining $2,611. Phase III will address the completion of the Virginal at a later date. This concert is the first of many efforts to assist in raising the funds needed to complete the project. It will introduce our community to the beauty of the music of this era and the unique sound of the harpsichord.

Admission to the concert is a suggested donation of $10. Tickets are available at the door. The Salyards Center is both air conditioned and a handicap accessible building, with parking available behind the building. A project of the Conway Historical Society, the mission of Salyards Center for the Arts is to celebrate the arts by providing a facility that is available and affordable to residents and visitors in the greater Mt. Washington Valley and offering a broad range of quality and culturally diverse programs in the performing and visual arts. For more information, go to: www.mwvevents.com.

Martin Lord Osman
Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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