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An American Guitar Album: U.S. Guitarists from the Parlor to the Archtop Guitar

December 1, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$15 – $20

The 2019-2020 season of Early Music Afternoons continues on Sunday, December 1, 2019 with a concert of 19th– and 20th-century music from our own United States performed by Olav Chris Henriksen on six different guitars.   The program, entitled “An American Guitar Album”, will feature many different styles of music spanning the century from about 1820 to 1920, including preludes, waltzes, popular tunes, blues, jazz and ragtime.  The concert will take place at 3:00 pm at the Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road (at Central St.), Somerville, MA.  Admission is $20 general admission, $15 students, seniors and Museum members; children are admitted free.  Ample street parking is available.  An informal reception at the Museum will follow the concert.  For further information and reservations, call (617) 666-9810 or go to www.somervillemuseum.org.

The Spanish guitar became a popular instrument in the United States during the 1820’s.  It was brought across the Atlantic by European touring virtuoso musicians, many of whom then settled in the New World.  Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, U.S. instrument makers and guitarists would work together to develop the small acoustic “parlor guitar” through increasingly larger models into the “archtop guitar” of the 1920’s.  Henriksen will tell this story, beginning with concert waltzes by Trinitas Huertas (1824) and continuing with jazz of the 1920’s played on the Gibson “L5” archtop guitar.  Along the way, he will play Hawaiian “lap steel” guitar music (popular in the 1910’s) and some small treasures for ukulele.  There will be music by De Goni, Holland, the Bickfords, Ka’ai, Lucas and Lang, among others.

            OLAV CHRIS HENRIKSEN, acclaimed throughout Europe and North America as a soloist on lute, theorbo and early guitars, has performed and recorded with the Boston CamerataHandel & Haydn SocietyWaverly ConsortBoston BaroqueEmmanuel Music, Ensemble Chaconne, and Musicians of the Old Post Road, among others.  He  performs and lectures frequently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, playing musical instruments from the Museum’s collection.


December 1, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$15 – $20
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Early Music Afternoons


Somerville Museum
1 Westwood Rd
Somerville, MA United States
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