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Historical Society hosts evening of Old World Music

June 14, 1998

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Historical Society will host an evening of Old World musical entertainment Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. at Oller House, 138 W. Main St.

Proceeds will benefit the historical society.

John DuRant will entertain guests on the lawns and porches of Oller House. DuRant plays the ancient Deutsche laute - a type of lute - and performs a variety of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century music.

The lute has its origins in medieval Europe. A long-necked string instrument, the lute came from the Near East to Europe in the 13th century. By the 16th and 17th centuries, many songs were being written just for the lute, and it was popular in homes, barbershops and taverns.

German and Austrian immigrants brought the lute to America in the 18th century. DuRant's lute is a carved 19th century original with six strings.

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DuRant was a Union musician in the movie "Gettysburg," and performs on the soundtrack. In addition, he hosts "The Troubadour," a children's television show in Frederick County, Md.

Admission is $20 and includes three hours of entertainment, plus food and spirits. Reservations are required by Monday, and payment must accompany reservations.

For information, call the historical society at 1-717-762-1747.

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