Restored clavichord will make music again Sept. 25 A rare, 18th-century Swedish clavichord, recently restored in conservation laboratory at the Shrine to Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, will make its debut performance in the museum's Arne B. Larson Concert Hall, Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.
The clavichord, which will be heard for the first time in more than 200 years, will be played by Carol Lei Breckenridge, Central College, Pella, IA, a specialist in 18th-century keyboard music.
The program will include works by J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and two of his sons, W.F. Bach (1710-1784) and C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), also noted musicians. The music of all three composers would have been regularly heard in Sweden at the time the clavichord was built.
Acquisition of the instrument by the museum was underwritten by Burke-Bankwest in Pierre. It was restored by Susanna Caldeira of Lisbon, Portugal, during two years of graduate study with John Koster, conservator and professor of music at the museum.
The concert is free and open to the public.