EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue at 3 pm, February 13, when Jane Lanctot will give a performance and talk on an 18th century Fortepiano. Lanctot has performed on historical keyboards since the 1970s, after studying with Edward Smith in Manhattan, and at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. The Fortepiano used for the performance will be a copy of an Andreas Stein from 1784. It includes two important Stein innovations: the Prellzungenmechanik, or German action, with an escapement mechanism, and the damper control operated by a knee lever. This model of piano was a favorite of Mozart’s. Unlike the pianos of today, this Stein fortepiano has leather hammers the size of a thumb, and has a wooden frame with the strings at lower tension, so that the softer end of the dynamic range can be exploited.

Lanctot has performed the 5th Brandenburg harpsichord concerto at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and has performed countless premieres of new works, appearing live on MPR and PRI. She also studied classical Cambodian music for 18 years with Bun Loeung, and ran his School of Traditional Cambodian Music for 11 years after his death.

Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in the Washington Street Gallery, downstairs at EAC. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. The series will run at 3 pm each Sunday through April, skipping Easter Sunday. For more information, and to view the rest of the series lineup, please visit https://eastportartscenter.org/constituent-groups/the-concert-series/

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building. Weather-related program postponements will be announced by 11 am on the day of the event, on the EAC site and Facebook page, and on the Center’s answering machine: (207) 853-4650.