Monday, February 13, 2012

Exhibit at Sheldon Art Galleries to feature African drums, experimental instruments, and more

The Sheldon Art Galleries once again will display musical instruments from the collection of St. Louis music educator Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger in a new exhibit, "The Beat Goes On: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection," that will open this Friday, February 17 in the Sheldon's History of Jazz gallery.

"The Beat Goes On" will include one room filled with drums and other rhythm instruments from Africa, such as the one pictured at left; a room featuring rare, experimental and one-of-a-kind instruments, some once owned by famous jazz musicians, including Clark Terry and Artie Shaw; and a room showcasing musical instruments from the American Civil War, including rare drums, saxhorns and OTS (Over the Shoulder) horns.

The Hartenberger collection includes more than 2,000 instruments from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia, and parts of it were featured in a previous exhibit at the Sheldon in 2009.

"The Beat Goes On" opens with a reception in the galleries from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17, and continues through August 18. Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday; and one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.

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