Free Concert Tonight Featuring Nationally Renowned Dulcimer Players
Reserve your spot TONIGHT for a free concert from three top dulcimer players, Dan Landrum, Aaron O’Rourke and Stephen Humphries.
The trio will be performing at Covenant College’s Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel as part of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series.
Humphries – an adjunct music professor at Covenant – is a national hammered dulcimer champion who has released five recordings featuring the instrument, including one of original music with Landrum. In addition to teaching at Covenant and Silverdale Baptist Academy, he performs at festivals across the US.
Based on Signal Mountain, Landrum plays and teaches hammered dulcimer and publishes the quarterly Dulcimer Players News magazine. Discovered busking in front of the Tennessee Aquarium, his talents have taken him on tour with Yanni, as well as Olympic ceremonies and presidential inaugurations.
O’Rourke has been teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer since he was 16 years old, winning the 2010 National Mountain Dulcimer Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He also teaches and performs across the country.
Tonight’s performance will highlight the versatility these little-known folk instruments. A mountain dulcimer, which originated in Appalachia in the early 19th century, is a fretted string instrument resembling a long, narrow guitar.
The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoid-shaped sounding board with strings stretched across it, which players strike with small sticks or “hammers.” Its origins date back to antiquity, extensively used during the Middle Ages throughout Europe.
The goal of the series, named after long-time Covenant music professor Dr. John Hamm, is to bring world-renowned musicians to Lookout Mountain. The final date in this year’s series will be Tuesday, February 21, featuring guitarists Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte.
February 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel (14049 Scenic Highway)
Admission is FREE but reservations required
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