CROWN POINT | Students at Eisenhower Elementary School will welcome hammered dulcimer performer Marcy Prochaska to the stage as part of the OcTUBA fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium, 1450 S. Main St. Admission is free.
The Eisenhower singers will perform music focused on the westward expansion of America, ranging from the first settlers to the end of the Civil War. “Having a guest artist for this type of music brings history alive for our students,” music teacher Cynthia Bradford said.
“Other instruments used during this time period were the banjo and guitar, but nearly everyone has heard one of those instruments. This is an opportunity to bring a new idea and a new sound to the children’s ears.”
Prochaska is a native of New Jersey and a graduate of William and Mary College in Virginia. After living and working in Ithaca, New York, she currently resides in Plymouth. She has been performing on the hammered dulcimer for 13 years and is regarded as a teacher, composer, and recording artist, having produced three CDs and a film score.
The hammered dulcimer is a folk instrument found in the traditional arts of Indiana and is common to Appalachian music, Bradford explained. The hammered dulcimer or its close relatives can be found in nearly all parts of the world, ranging from China to Celtic cultures.