Thursday, November 12, 2009

Harpsichord for Hipsters

Coolest thing ever! Durham's Elaine Funaro Love champions new music for the harpsichord via her foundation, Aliénor. I've had the privilege of meeting Elaine and hearing her explain the instrument's unique qualities and history.

Voila: She's being interviewed on today's The State of Things with Frank Stasio.

The Millennium Opus 300 Harpsichord, commissioned for the Mize Collection. Harpsichord maker: Richard Kingston. Lid painting: June Zinn Hobby.

Not only is Aliénor commissioning new works for the baroque keyboard, but Funaro and friends are also creating custom harpsichords, handpainted (as the old ones were) by modern artists.

Funaro is going to perform on a spectacular new harpsichord built for her by Richard Kingston over the next three days, in all three Triangle cities:

Durham: School of Science & Math
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:30pm

Chapel Hill: University United Methodist Church
Friday, November 13, 2009 - 8:00pm

Raleigh: Meredith College
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 8:00pm

Donations accepted at the door. Why miss this? I can't think of a reason.

UPDATE: See my PHOTOS of the Durham event here.


See photos of Funaro's new harpsichord, Opus #333, at the website of Lisa Creed, the artist who painted it.

Hear samples from Funaro's recordings here.

A big old inventory of harpsichord sound clips at the Aliénor site, here.

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