Dear Members, December 1st officially begins the busy season for harpists. Whether you have the month full of gigs or not, there are so many wonderful arrangements of holiday music for the harp to enjoy. I have all my Salzedo and Kim Robertson favorites but it’s always nice to add a few new ones into the mix as well. Be sure to check out the calendar below for harp performances this month! We will be having another Harp-a-thon on Sunday, January 21st. This is our chance to give back to the community and put a smile on all the faces at Queen Anne’s Bayview Retirement Home through an afternoon of music. It’s also a great opportunity to run through any performance pieces for the Auditions & Evaluations in February or any upcoming recitals. The signup sheet will be online in January. Happy Holidays to everyone! Robin De Lanoy, president
Spotlight on Ben Albertson:
Ben: The first time I saw a harp was in October 2007, in a concert with the Seattle Symphony. I saw the instrument, and I said that one was for me. However, since the harp is not an inexpensive instrument, it took another half a year to convince my parents that I had genuine interest. When Emmanuel Ceysson, a French harpist, came to solo at the Washington Center of the Performing Arts in 2008, I watched the concert intently and enjoyed what I saw. My parents were convinced that if a seven-year-old could listen to a classical solo concert for the harp, then I must really want to play it. So, I began on a small Dusty Strings lever harp in the Spring of 2008, and worked my way up to a concert grand. I would like to thank my teachers Mrs. Kippy Lou Scott and Ms. Heidi Lehwalder for all of their hard work and excellent coaching over the years. Beth: Having a son play the harp has been such an enriching part of my life. From school concerts to Carnegie Hall, he has continuously impressed me. Doing the round trip from Olympia to Seattle so he could play with SYSO was my pleasure. For all you other harp moms out there, cherish this time with your child. And, if you want a wonderful, supportive community, get involved with our local chapter of the AHS!
DECEMBER 2017 CALENDAR
Saturday, December 2 10 to noon. Cynthia Kuni will play at a Holiday Bazaar (food, local artisans, quilt raffle) at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation WA. Saturday, December 2 at 2 pm The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle. Saturday, December 2, at 3:00 PM. South Sound Strings Harp Ensemble presents its "Christmas Concert, with harps, voice, flute and a touch of jazz" at Schneebeck Concert Hall at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Directed by Patricia Wooster. Free admission! Come to listen, enjoy and join us (audience participation). For further information, please contact Pat Wooster at H-253-862-3400, C-253-797-9424, email@example.com. Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide performances. Info at www.magicalstrings.com Sunday, December 3, 3:00, at Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center in Kent Friday, December 8, 7:30 at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma Saturday, December 9, 7:30, at University Christian Church in Seattle Sunday, December 10, 3:00, at Historic Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon Saturday, December 23, 7:00 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue Friday, December 8 8:00 The Kirkland Performance Center and Berkshire Snow Productions are pleased to announce a concert by Irish trio, Affiniti. This Christmas concert will also feature Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby. All ages. Tickets are available at the KPC box office and online at http://www.kpcenter.org/about/box-office/ Affiniti is a powerhouse female trio made up of vocalist Emer Barry (soprano), Aisling Ennis (harp) and Mary McCague (violin). All three are classically trained and masters of their instruments but it is their genuine musical affinity with each other and their desire to perform together that makes them special. Emer, Mary and Aisling hail from different counties of Ireland and have performed as solo and orchestral musicians throughout Europe, America and Asia with artists including Kanye West, Josh Ritter, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Sinead O’Connor. Saturday, December 9 11 AM – 9:00 PM Open House at Dusty Strings. Monica Schley, one of Dusty’s harp teachers, will be performing with her group The Daphnes at 11am. In addition, there will be new live music every hour all day long, as well as Ray & Sue’s famous homemade cookies and hot apple cider. http://store.dustystrings.com/t-3-ms-concerts-openhouse2017.aspx December 9, 10, 16, 17, 20-23: The Singing Christmas Tree at Life Center Church in Tacoma returns for its 55th year, including full orchestra, choir, soloists and cast of characters. Pat Wooster and Brianna Spargo will each play at separate performances. See http://singingtreetacoma.com for times, tickets. Sunday, December 10 at 11:00. A harp trio of Clare Bartel, Sophia Joosten and Pat Wooster will be playing harp trio music at the 11:00AM mass at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Sumner. Pieces include the Schubert Ave Maria, Coventry Carol and Dona Nobis Pacem.
Sunday, December 10 and Sunday, December 17 Noon-2pm Susi Hussong and Prydwyn Goldman will play carol duos at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle. Sunday, December 10 8:00 PM. Carol Levin participates in Deconstructing the Nutcracker! Part of the annual Table & Chairs holiday party at the Woodland Theater 608 NW 65th St Seattle, WA. This is a Soundpainting ensemble performance, starting with fragments from Tchaikovsky, directed in live gestural composition by conductor, Christian Pincock. The Soundpainter develops the responses of the performers, molding and shaping them into the composition, then signs another series of gestures, a phrase, and continues in this process of creating the piece. In this case, hilarious and fun! Carol muses: “How will I mangle the Waltz of the Flowers cadenza?” By donation: benefit for Mary’s Place, services for homeless women, children and families. Here’s a link to the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/303228050193295/.
Saturday, December 16 at 2:30 pm. The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays at Ida Culver House Broadview, 12505 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle. Saturday, December 16 – Sunday, December 24 at 5 am to 11 am daily. Susan Haas will be playing at the Sea-Tac airport in the large dining atrium The idea is to calm all the weary holiday travelers with soothing sounds. She says, “Come say ‘hello’ if you are on the go!” Sunday, December 17, 11:00-1:00. Cynthia Kuni will be playing for Sunday Brunch at The Black Dog Arts Café, 8062 Railroad Ave, Snoqualmie. Sunday, December 17 at 2 pm. The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Susi Hussong, plays at Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle. Tuesday, December 19 - Featured guest artists at Spite House on Capitol Hill - Trio (to be named) with Carol Levin, harp; Jenny Ziefel, reeds; Schraepfer Harvey, percussion. Improvised and reconstructed music (including 3 by Grandjany). About 9:30pm, following opening 8:30 set by house duo Stephen Fandrich, piano, Bill Monteleone, sax. By donation. A real house concert, with food and drink in the kitchen, and lots of good folk to meet. Spite House ('in spite of' urban development on all sides) 1513 14th Ave, between Pike and Pine. https://www.facebook.com/SpiteHouse827768047303486/?view_public_for=827768047303486/ Wednesday, December 20 4:00-6:00 Susan Haas will play a public solo concert next to a warming hearth, sponsored by the University Place Library in their Civic Building Atrium, 3609 Market Place (36th and Bridgeport Way W), University Place, WA. She calls this annual event the "harpist roasting by the open fire" spectacle and may rope in some harpy friends to join her for the second hour.
Saturday, February 10 - First Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton
Saturday, March 10 – Second Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton
Sunday, May 6 2 PM – Spring meeting/student recital at Dusty Strings factory
May 12 – 13, 2018 Harp Festival 2018, Utrecht, the Netherlands, More Info
June 27-30, 2018 43rd American Harp Society National Conference at The University of Redlands, Redlands, California.