County museum hosts program on regional folk music

The program “International Folkways of WNY Traditional Music” will be hosted by SUNY Geneseo ethnomusicologist Jim Kimball at the Cattaraugus County Museum.

MACHIAS — The Cattaraugus County Museum’s “Summer at the Stone House” event series continues Thursday with a program outlining the origins of some of the traditional music of our area.

The program “International Folkways of WNY Traditional Music” will be hosted by SUNY Geneseo ethnomusicologist Jim Kimball.

Kimball, a lecturer at Geneseo as well as the director of the Geneseo String Band, is no stranger to attendees of the museum’s past programs, having performed here on many occasions.

He is a skilled musician on a multitude of instruments and possesses a fantastic knowledge of area history. In his 40-plus-year career at Geneseo, Kimball has documented master musicians from throughout New York state and worked to preserve their legacies.

For this event, Kimball will be accompanied by Glenn McClure, a composer, speaker and scholar. For over 20 years, McClure has dedicated himself to building artistic and academic collaborations between students, scientists, classical and indigenous musicians. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music and currently serves on the faculties of Paul Smiths College and SUNY Geneseo.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held under an event tent on the museum’s lawn, rain or shine. Some seating will be available but attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs if they wish.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16, in Machias. For more information, visit www.cattco.org/museum or call (716) 353-8200.

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