Piper Kevin Brode rounds out Rogers Park concert series Sept. 24

Published 3:12 pm Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in Rogers Park, the seasons last scheduled free concert will be held as piper Kevin Brode presents a listeners guide to the bagpipe.

Playing what is arguably the most difficult woodwind instrument in the world, the Great Highland Bagpipe, Kevin Brode has reached a level of proficiency rarely heard from this instrument. Brode has played for audiences across the country, entertaining them by combining solid technical proficiency with musical adventure, while providing insight into the development of this most unique wind instrument. From the kilt that he wears to the silver inlaid instrument that he plays, his performances entertain and inform.

Drawn to the Great Highland Bagpipe in the late 90s, after having viewed a performance of Riverdance, Brode has been unstoppable in his pursuit of proficiency on the instrument. While the bagpipe is not an instrument that everyone desires to play, it is an instrument that demands attention when played well.

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Developed in the second century AD, the bagpipe has slowly evolved into the complex instrument that Brode now plays. Earlier in the past century, for example, one could expect to see a bagpipe on the field of battle, providing troop direction and motivation through specifically chosen songs.

In more peaceful times, the bagpipe was used to play retreats near sundown to announce the closing of the city gates. Throughout his performance this Friday, Brode will relay a history of the instrument, its songs and their ancient uses.

As per usual, bring a friend, a picnic and a beverage on this Friday, September 24, beginning at 7 p.m. in Tryons Rogers Park. Donations are encouraged.