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Pa. German music is featured topic

September 01, 2006

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Traditional Pennsylvania German music and entertainment will be in the spotlight when Keith Brintzenhoff, a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, presents "The Music, Dance and Instruments of the Pennsylvania Germans" at the Waynesboro Historical Society's next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Hess Community Room, Minnich Manor at Quincy Village, followed by the program at 7:45 p.m. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania German community has a rich tradition of music and dance, and Brintzenhoff, a musician and folklorist, will explain the roles that the guitar, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, banjo and autoharp play in that tradition as he plays them himself. Additionally, audience members will be taught about "hoedowning" and the fancy footwork of "jigging," and through dance, songs and stories, participants will explore social aspects of the Pennsylvanian Germans.

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An educator by profession, Brintzenhoff has also been studying and teaching folk music for decades. He founded and was the first president of the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society, and has performed throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Ohio, as well as in Germany and Switzerland. Regional performances include the Lyons, Pa. Fiddlers Contest, Berks County Heritage Festival and Kutztown German Festival, among many others.

Dinner costs $12 and reservations (with payment) are required by Monday. For more information or to make a reservation, call Andrea at 717-762-5074.

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