Workshops/Festivals 2008 [1]

Workshops/Festivals 2008: Zuckermann Harpsichords International June 13-16 2008 Workshop (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 18, 2008 - 01:18 PM

"Focusing o­n the works of J. S. Bach and his sons

We weren't sure we'd do it so soon, but last summer's workshop was such a resounding success we couldn't resist. So o­nce again, players, owners, builders, enthusiasts and aficionados of early keyboard instruments will gather in the beautiful seaside village of Stonington, CT for three-and-a-half days of immersion in the wondrous world of the harpsichord and clavichord -- and this time, we're including the fortepiano! Musically, we're focusing o­n Bach and his sons.

We've changed the format somewhat from last year. The first full day (June 14, 2008) will be composed of introductory sessions in building and playing. The next two days will mostly follow two tracks, allowing participants to concentrate more o­n either the "hardware" (building and maintenance) of the instruments, or the "software" (performance and performance practice) of the music. We've worked hard to devise sessions that will interest everyone, but o­ne thing we haven't changed: Zack will supply the meals, including two dinners in his restaurant across the street from the shop! ... "

"As it was last year, the Workshop will be an informal affair. We were a little surprised at the number of people who requested tutelage in stringing, voicing, tuning, fingering, touch, etc., so this year we are providing more time for private sessions with our expert faculty. And again, there will be plenty of opportunity between the various events to talk to our faculty about the finer points of voicing, tuning problems, sticking jacks, keyboard dip, performance practices, keyboard literature, kit building, soundboard decoration and painting techniques; or, you can use the time to get to know your fellow early keyboard enthusiasts better, or to explore picturesque Stonington borough.Finally, to help round out our ability to serve you in a variety of ways, we have asked the distinguished harpsichordist Peter Watchorn to join our faculty. And Janet Smith, who is o­nce again assisting with publicity and logistics for the workshop, will dip into her area of expertise and give a talk o­n publicizing yourself and/or your early music group. "

See website for more details o­n faculty as well as location. (ed.)   Zuckermann Harpsichords International [2]


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