HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS FUND
When performing music composed before 1850, Staunton Music Festival takes all possible
steps to ensure historical accuracy, using original and period instruments and hiring the
world's finest musicians trained in historical performance practice traditions. This fund helps
to continue that effort with the purchase, maintenance, and handling of historical instruments.
Terry E Grant
James & Celia Rutt
John & Anne Sills
Dr & Mrs Richard L M Coleman
Tom & Diane Fechtel
Mr & Mrs P William Moore
Margaret & Drew Bailey
Richard & Mary Barnes
Christine & Michael Burch
Robert Emmett & Kristine Kasselman
Lynn & Stan Grimm
Joyce Kelly & Paul Healey
Dr & Mrs James Huggins
Millicent Mae Terrell
Larry & Zaida Bergmann
Lee & Smadar Chaffee
Padraic & Brigid Hughes
Dr Barry M Lamont
Don Rybarczyk & Carol Polen
ABOUT HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE AND THE GRAF-REGIER
As you may know and appreciate, at Staunton Music Festival, all music composed before 1850 is performed on period instruments (original and replica) by professional musicians highly trained in historical traditions of interpretation and style. Music from the past was not written with modern instruments in mind. While Bach, Mozart, and Schubert can sound fabulous on today’s instruments, the experience of hearing such repertoire on the historical instruments for which it was composed can be a revelation.
The name of Rod Regier is synonymous with the finest craftmanship in historic keyboard construction. Mr. Regier, an MIT graduate, has been constructing harpsichords and 18th and 19th century fortepianos from his workshop in Freeport, Maine for nearly 50 years. His fortepianos can be heard in the concert halls of numerous major American universities (Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Dartmouth, UNC-Chapel Hill, Indiana, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, among others) and several of the most prestigious conservatories, from Juilliard and Peabody to the Sibelius Academy in Finland.
Get invested! You will be able to follow Mr. Regier’s progress on our website: from selecting the perfect pieces of wood, to the shaping of the case and creation of the soundboard, to the installation of the strings and keyboard mechanism. This will likely be Regier’s final large-scale piano, and as such it offers a fitting testimony to his lifetime of exemplary craftsmanship.
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