“In 1978, harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, National Endowment for the Arts grantee, Concert Artists Guild award winner, former Fulbright scholar and Affiliate Artist, founded Harpsichord Unlimited with Ronald S. Smith, librarian and music aficionado and Dorothy Wick, amateur harpsichordist and archivist. Their intent was to bring the harpsichord to a wide audience and to teach the public about the instrument, its history and its music.
The first project of Harpsichord Unlimited was a festival of chamber music at St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village. The series, known as the Winterfest Concerts, attracted large crowds and later extended its purview to St. Michael's Church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. These concerts ran for ten years, featuring Elaine Comparone, various guest artists and an in-house group, The Bach Family Strings. The programs included both little known and familiar early masterpieces along with contemporary works, all with harpsichord. …“
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