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Houston harpsichordist stars in 'An Italian Walks Into a French Bar'

Houston's own Molly Hammond is the star performer of Lumedia Musicworks' “An Italian Walks Into a French Bar,” currently playing on the music ensemble's website until 11:59 p.m. June 7.

The harpsichord performance tells a lighthearted story, presented in a short film. Works by Benedetto Marcello, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Michel Corrette, Jacques Duphly, Jean-Baptiste Forqueray and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer comprise the program.

Tickets are $10 for adults and offered at no charge for students. Go to

 Dallas-based nonprofit Lumedia is dedicated to sharing early music - music composed before 1750 - in new and innovative ways.

Hammond and Julianna Emanski, Lumedia's artistic director, created the story line that unfolds throughout the concert. The film is directed by Emanski and shot by Caleb Jones of Arlington. Thane Isaac of Denton, a Baroque violinist and frequent actor in Lumedia’s productions, plays the comic French bartender.

A pianist as well as a harpsichordist, Hammond has performed throughout Texas, Louisiana, and in Mexico, England, Australia and New Zealand.

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Monday, May 17, 2021