DOVER - MHCA, formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, proudly announces the first live performance in its new home in Dover. On Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m., MHCA and Folk Craft Music will present "August Dulcimer Daze" with Lois Hornbostel, Ehukai Teves, Nina Zanetti, and Bill Collins in a concert featuring the traditional folk instrument.

Lois Hornbostel of Bryson City, North Carolina, has been in love with the mountain dulcimer since the mid-1970s and is one of the most influential mountain dulcimer performer/teachers in the history of the instrument. Since the early 1980s, Lois' instruction books, teaching and recordings have set standards for many players of the instrument. Her early dulcimer playing blossomed into her being a regular player in traditional Irish music sessions in New York City. Throughout her life, she has continued to learn her music directly from traditional Appalachian, Celtic, Cajun, and world musicians, and has won the dulcimer playing championships at the Galax, Fiddlers Grove, Mt. Airy and Dublin, Virginia fiddle conventions. She has taught over 19,000 schoolchildren the basics of playing the dulcimer, and has taught many thousands of adults to play as she tours the country.


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Lois created the first in-depth university level curricula for the mountain dulcimer through 13 years directing the Appalachian State University Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, 10 years founding and directing the Western Carolina University Mountain Dulcimer Week, 18 years as program coordinator for the Swannanoa Gathering's Dulcimer Week, and ultimately producing "Dulcimerville" which presents weekend retreats for mountain dulcimer players.

Ehukai Teves is a native Hawaiian who grew up in a musical family that performed traditional Hawaiian music. His first name, meaning "red water" in Hawaiian, rhymes with a cool guy! He has been a musician for 45 years, plays many instruments, but loves none as much as the mountain dulcimer. He was a surfing stuntman and extra on the original "Hawaii Five-O" TV program and has a B.A. in Music from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Music Theory & Voice. He has written over 300 songs, including "Kalapana Sands," the flagship song on a HOKU (Hawaiian Grammy) Album of the Year. Ehukai sings in Hawaiian and plays traditional ukulele in the style of his parents, Leina'ala and Harold Teves. Some of Ehukai's musical collaborators have been Jean Ritchie, slack key guitarist

Keola Beamer, and most recently, Lois Hornbostel. Ehukai brings his own special excitement to the mountain dulcimer through his professional experience in traditional and rock bands and the many other instruments he plays. He can play and sing killer rock'n'roll on the mountain dulcimer, but his authenticity in playing traditional old-time music has also won him first place in dulcimer competitions at the 2012 Fiddlers Grove and the 2013 and 2014 Union Grove fiddle conventions.

Nina Zanetti is the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing. She plays regularly at churches, historic sites, and community events and has taught and performed at dulcimer festivals throughout the country, including Western Carolina University, Arkansas Dulcimer Jamboree, Dulcimerville, Colorado Dulcimer Festival and Kentucky Music Week.

Bill Collins lives in Wilmington, Del., where he has been playing dulcimer since the early 1990s. In his playing and teaching, he tries to focus on the instrument's innate dulcet qualities. He brings a wide range of musical genres and playing styles to the dulcimer while keeping in touch with its historic traditions.

Tickets, $15 for adults and seniors, and $10 for students through high school, are available the night of the performance or by calling the MHCA box office, 802-464-8411, and leaving a message.  Patrons may also call The Mountaineer Inn at 802-464-5404. MHCA is located at 4 Mountain Park Plaza, off Route 100, in Dover. The box office will open 45 minutes before the show. Visit memhall.org. for this event and others that are happening at MHCA. MHCA is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit charitable arts organization whose mission is to engage the community in the arts.