This sought-after group 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 more at: www.samplerrec.com and learn more about hammered dulcimers in Rochester, NY at: www.lindataggartdulcimer.typepad.com
Attendees can also bid on the Yuletide Traditions silent auction during its final hours. Last bids accepted from 6:00PM-7:00PM and winners announced after performance. For more information on Yuletide Traditions and details on the silent auction, please visit our website at http://www.perintonhistoricalsociety.org/support/fundraising
Fairport Historical Museum, home of the Perinton Historical Society, is nestled in the Village of Fairport and is a showcase of local artifacts, biographies and history.
The Museum houses more than 6 paintings from renowned artist, and late Fairport resident, Carl Peters. Peter’s works include portraits, landscapes, and the Museum’s star attraction, an oil-on-canvas WPA mural commissioned and installed in 1938 by the Fairport Public Library, original tenant of the current building.
Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin Street, Fairport, NY 14450 585.223.3989 | www.perintonhistoricalsociety.org
The Museum is open each Sunday and Tuesday from 2pm -4 pm, Thursday from 7pm – 9pm, and Saturday from 10am – 1pm, with the exception of major holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. The Museum is closed from mid-December through February, reopening the first week of March. During recess, presentations are hosted at the Fairport Public Library and in the Museum on specific dates when publicized. Free parking in the Fairport Village Landing and limited parking is available on Perrin Street.