Baroque oboist Dalton to present free lecture & demonstration

Internationally known musician Sand N. Dalton will lecture March 3 on the Baroque oboe and its relationship to the mean-tone tuning systems of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Described by CBC Radio as “one of the leading Baroque oboists in North America whose fine instruments are played around the world,” Dalton will speak at 4 p.m. in Tietjens Hall.

Sand Dalton
Sand Dalton

He will also play the Baroque oboe as well as oboe d’amore and oboe da caccia to illustrate their unique fit in the sound world of the Baroque era.

He will go on to explain why new keys eventually had to be added to woodwinds in the 19th century.

Dalton is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. An active teacher and instrument-maker, he has performed with many ensembles, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque, the Handel and Hayden Society, Magnificat, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver, B.C.

The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, is free and open to the public. Dalton comes to St. Louis to play in “Music Fit for a King: Theatre Music and Cantatas From the French Baroque,” performed on period instruments by St. Louis’ own Kingsbury Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in Holmes Lounge.

For more information, call 935-4035 or e-mail