TROY — On the last Tuesday evening of February at 7:30 p.m., David Crean will once again bring to life the harpsichord that resides in the Hayner study. Crean is the adjunct instructor of Music Appreciation, the university organist and director of Chapel Choir at Wittenberg. He earned his doctorate at the Juilliard School in New York, where he served as adjunct faculty and was the 2014 winner of the Richard F. French Doctoral Prize. He has performed extensively throughout the U.S. including the New York premier of two fugues by American Composer Henry Martin.
The harpsichord that Crean will be playing has special importance to the Hayner and to our community. Troy High School music students built it in 1968 from a Zuckermann Harpsichord kit. It was purchased unfinished in a 40 pound box with legs, strips of molding, strings, quills and keys. Joseph Rogers and Charles Markis guided several music students to complete the project. Terry Wildman, Becky Flory and Terry Moore were three of the students chosen to help with the project. The first official performance with the newly finished harpsichord was on Dec. 8, 1968, for the Christmas Choral Program in the High School Auditorium with Sandra Ehrlich at the keys. The instrument is now housed and maintained by the Hayner.
The Drawing Room Concert Series is hosted by Dr. Randall Paul, director of the Wright State University School of Music. This series offers a unique opportunity to experience professional chamber music in an intimate listening room. The concerts take place on the last Tuesday of each month in the school year at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public with a reception afterward. No tickets or reservations are needed.
For more information regarding these free events and to receive a complete listing of Hayner Events, call 339-0457 or visit www.TroyHayner.org.