Making Music

WHS Fiddlesix Concert to Benefit Tröndlin Piano Restoration Here's your opportunity to listen to live historical music and contribute to the restoration of the Worthington Historical Society's Tröndlin Piano—all at the same time. On March 13, Fiddlesix, a six-member family band from Monroe, Michigan, will perform "A Concert of Music in Early America" at the Orange Johnson House. The concert will feature a lineup of songs from the early 1800s, ranging from traditional Irish reels to folk music and popular songs from English operettas. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Tröndlin Restoration & Performance Fund.


Fiddlesix has played at numerous living history events throughout Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, including The Henry Ford—Greenfield Village, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Fort Meigs, Fort Jennings, Mississinewa 1812 and The Gathering at 5 Medals. Their music, instruments and attire date back to the 1812 Regency Period.

Parents Mike and Kim lead the Fiddlesix family, and they've both been playing music since they were in third grade. In the band, Kim plays mandolin, Spanish guitar and English guitar while Mike is featured on the pennywhistle, fife, recorder, clarinet, flageolet and double bass. Their four children, Andrew, Jonathan, Maribeth and Samuel, range in age from ninth grade to college, and bring additional talent to the ensemble. To learn more, visit their Facebook page.

Tröndlin Piano Restoration

An extremely rare, antique Tröndlin fortepiano is located in the sitting room of the Orange Johnson House. The instrument, which is one of the early pianos built by Johann Tröndlin in Leipzig, Germany in the mid-1800s, is estimated to be one of only 15 of its kind remaining. Thanks to the efforts of the Worthington Historical Society, plans are underway for Oberlin Conservatory fortepiano expert Robert Murphy to restore the Tröndlin piano.

Due to its unique construction, the Tröndlin fortepiano is known for its uniform and clear timber in the higher register. Historically, composers Felix Mendelssohn and Clara and Robert Schumann were partial to the sound of Tröndlin pianos, and Clara Schumann's picture appears on German currency with one of these instruments.

Do your part to contribute to the restoration by attending the Fiddlesix concert on March 13. It promises to be an entertaining performance with historical significance that you won't want to miss.

If You Go....

The Orange Johnson House
956 High Street, Worthington

March 13, 2016, 5 p.m.

$20 per person; available at the Old Rectory
50 W. New England Avenue, Worthington