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Music combines something ancient, something new

Published Oct. 1, 2005

When Lauren Pelon performs, she does something few musicians can accomplish. During her concerts, which blend music and history, she plays about 25 instruments.

Pelon's "Living Roots of Music" traces the story of music and its roles in various cultures over the past 2,000 years. Many of the instruments she plays are ancient _ like the doucaine, a reed instrument from the 14th to 17th centuries. She plays arrangements written for these instruments as well.

Pelon will perform Thursday at the Ocala Central Florida Community College Exhibit Center. Shows are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

"The program offers a way to think about how music has affected the lives of people _ from ancient times to our own modern day _ and to enjoy that music played on instruments many people have never seen or heard," she said in a written release.

The "Living Roots" program features her singing voice and creative blending of the old with the new, combining lute, lyre and krummhorn with electronic woodwinds, synthesizers and percussion.

In the past five years, Pelon has presented about 200 programs. She has played with symphonies and chamber groups, and also with Garrison Keillor on his PBS radio series. Pelon has two CD releases of her music.