Perinton Historical Society will host the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble of the Eastman Community Music School at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin St.
This sought-after group brings the sound of hammered dulcimers to its customized concerts and features the local and worldwide connections of this instrument. The trapezoid-shaped instrument 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 various musical cultures.
Under the direction of founder Mitzie Collins and Linda Sniedze Taggart, the Striking Strings Hammered Dulcimer Ensemble has performed throughout Western New York State and has traveled as far afield as Albany; Chatham, Massachusetts; 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 fiddle tunes that were popular in rural Western New York.
Attendees can also bid on the Yuletide Traditions silent auction during its final hours. Last bids will be accepted from 6 to 7 p.m., and winners will be announced after performance.
Visit samplerrec.com, lindataggartdulcimer.typepad.com or perintonhistoricalsociety.org/support/fundraising for more information.