Kate and James Hathaway back to back holding their instruments

Concert: Special Program for Exhibit The Hidden Life of Things

The Spurlock Museum presents a concert by Hathaways on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:00 pm. The group will perform an hour of traditional Andean charango music, as well as some original pieces that allow the audience to hear how the performers have blended musical traditions. Hathaways are known for their depth in songwriting, but also for the unique Andean folk influence on their music, which is evidenced most clearly by Kate's use of a petite ten-string South American instrument called the charango. The pair has repeatedly toured and played at festivals in Peru, always to a warm reception and great acclaim for the way they infuse American pop music with Peruvian soul. Siblings Kate and James Hathaway, who head up the indie-pop band, have studied Andean music since 2006 under the tutelage of Thomas Turino, ethnomusicologist and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois.

The concert is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This free event will be held in the Museum’s Ancient Mediterranean Gallery.

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For further information on this event, contact Beth Watkins at or (217) 265-5485

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.