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12/2/2014 - Acoustic Eidolon in Arts Infusion Residency with Public Performance

Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities


Acoustic Eidolon, otherwise known as Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire, will be joined this month by Celtic harpist Thomas Loefke, in a residency in Salina schools through the Arts Infusion Program of Salina Arts & Humanities. The residency will culminate in a public performance on Tuesday, December 9th at Christ Cathedral in downtown Salina.

Joe Scott on double-neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Berthoud, Colorado, and have graced stages throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada, including frequent appearances at the Smoky Hill River Festival.  For this Salina residency, the two are joined by Celtic harpist Loefke of Berlin.

The group’s original sound is created by mixing their diverse musical backgrounds and unusual instrumentation, including the one-of-a-kind double-neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s design.  Classically trained cellist Hannah Alkire is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and impeccable, emotional playing and for taking the cello to “places it’s never been before.” Thomas Loefke’s harp music easily spans the confines of style and time. From the sounds of the Celtic Middle Ages to the centuries-old music of Ireland's nomadic bards and the country’s lively folk-dance music, to his original compositions, each of Thomas' works has a special story to tell.

A public performance by the trio will be presented on Tuesday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m. The free performance will take place at Christ Cathedral, 128 S. Eight Street.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.