BERLIN — R.P. Hale will present a harpsichord, dulcimer and organ concert Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts.
This multigenerational artist-craftsman has been teaching his skills nationwide since 1976. His expertise seems endless as he not only performs on the harpsichord and grand dulcimer, he constructs them. The Smithsonian Institute recognized Hale as one of the top musical instrument makers in the United States and included his work in their exhibit devoted to these craftsmen.
In addition to his musical crafts, he is recognized as a master calligrapher and illustrator, a pen-and-ink artist, a wood-engraver, an Intaglio and Letterpress printer, a wood carver, a maker of marbleized papers and fabrics, a period re-enactor, a linguist, a solar and archaeo-astronomer and historian.
Hale will perform works played on the harpsichord, the grand dulcimer and on the art center’s own Hook & Hastings organ from Hale’s early Mexican and Baroque ancestry and one of his favorite’s, Sir William Herschel.
The performance is being co-sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank and the Town & Country Inn and Resort. Tickets will be available at the door ($12 for adults and $6 for minors). St. Kieran series membership holders may simply present membership cards. Colonial Theatre members presenting proof of 2014 membership will receive a $2 discount on the price of admission.
Information regarding a series membership and a listing of the scheduled 2014 events can be obtained at the time of the show, by contacting the arts center at 752-1028, visiting the website at www.stkieranarts.org or stopping in at the center, located at 155 Emery Street in Berlin. The art center is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stkieranarts .
The center’s schedule also includes these upcoming events:
May 6, 6 p.m. — St. Kieran Center Fundraiser with Paula Ward from Thirty-One.
May 16, 7 p.m. — North Country Community Chorus.
May 18, 2 p.m. — North Country Community Chorus.
June 20, 7 p.m. — Symphony N.H. Brass Quintet.
Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the N.H. Charitable Foundation, North Country Art Ventures fund, an Anonymous Fund, the Libby Family Fund, the North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.