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The Dulcimer Children of Mexico

July 6, 2012
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Come hear an unusual concert featuring the plucked dulcimer of Mexico, the salterio, featuring a group of 18 talented players from Queretaro, Mexico on June 9 at 8 p.m. The group revives an instrument brought to Mexico by the conquistadors in the 16th century, which remained popular in small orchestras into the early 20th century. It looks much like the American hammered dulcimer, but it is plucked with picks (like a bluegrass banjo) and sounds in concert a bit like a mandolin. The duo Dulcemelos, featuring Alejandra Barrientos (salterio) and Hector Larios (piano, accordion) are master teachers trying to start a revival of this instrument by building a strong student population and working with others in rural regions of Mexico where the tradition remains. Their group of 18, mostly young students, is making a brief stop in the U.S. on the way to an international music competition in Greece. Enjoy their lively concert of traditional Mexican melodies and lovely classical pieces. At the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, on the corner of King and Washington Streets in Shepherdstown, WV. Suggested donation: $15 adults, $5 children. For more information call (304) 263-2531 or email or on the web at



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