On July 28, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a free public concert of live alphorn music at the Hidden Hollows Retreat, the resident of Dan Servos and Virginia Nixon in rural Lagro.
This concert represents the culmination of a five-day musical clinic, the fourth annual Midwest alphorn retreat, for alphorn players to polish their performing skills.
Teacher for the clinic is Dr. Peggy DeMers, professor of horn at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. Twelve alphorn players from as far away as Texas, Minnesota and Canada have come for the retreat. All will perform in the public concert.
Alphorns are twelve-foot long horns usually associated with Switzerland and the Alps. They have been used for generations to signal back and forth between Alpine villages, their reverberations and echoes carrying for long distances through the mountain valleys and meadows. Alphorns are usually painstakingly handcrafted out of wood. Musically, they are similar in tone and range to the modern French horn.
The Hidden Hollows Retreat is located at 1943 N. 650 E., in Wabash, just off U.S.-24 east of Wabash and west of Huntington.
The concert will be held outdoors overlooking the main pond. Attendees are invited after the concert to try their own hand at playing an alphorn.
Admission is free. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets to sit on. Parking is available off road, uphill, near the concert site, with special provisions for those who have difficulty walking.
For more information see hiddenhollowsretreat.com.