DAMARISCOTTA — Musician and instrument maker R. P. Hale will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the Damariscotta Baptist Church, Bristol Road.

Hale will perform on the harpsichord, clavichord, organ and grand dulcimer. Hannah Sofia Miller, of Whitefield, will accompany Hale on some selections.

Hale is a noted instrument maker and, with exception of the organ, he will perform on instruments of his own making, all of which were derived from historical models. He was the only harpsichord maker to be included in a Smithsonian Institute exhibit devoted to the craft. A descendant of a long line of artists, writers and craftsmen, he has completed 44 early keyboard instruments since he began his first harpsichord in 1977. His main musical interests include continuo (improvised accompaniment) and early Mexican and Hispanic music.

An interdisciplinary artist, Hale is a master calligrapher, illustrator, printmaker and creator of marbleized fabrics and papers as well as a working solar astronomer. His prints and calligraphy are in museums, exhibits and collections world-wide. Hale is the organist/music minister at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, N.H.

The Chapman-Hall House is maintained by the Lincoln County Historical Association, a nonprofit organization that provides stewardship for the 1754 Chapman-Hall House in Damariscotta, the 1761 Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden, and the 1811 Old Jail and Museum in Wiscasset.

A suggested donation of $10 is requested. Proceeds will benefit the Chapman-Hall House historic site.

For more information on the Lincoln County Historical Association, visit the www.lincolncountyhistory.com.


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