Dear Chapter members, Happy February! I hope everyone is enjoying the longer days and brief moments of sunshine. Spring is around the corner! The not so happy news for our chapter is that we had to cancel the Auditions & Evaluations event for this February and March. This program has been a tradition for our chapter for many many years, and our officers are very dedicated to keeping the tradition alive. We did decide, however, that if we did not have a minimum of ten students participating this year, we would take a break, gather our resources, and come back next year. So that is what we are doing! I hope the students who were looking forward to it this year will keep practicing and plan to sign up next year. In the meantime, we would like to have a student showcase recital as part of our spring meeting on May 15th. Patti Warden has generously offered her house for this event. All students, of any age or level, please consider sharing a new piece you have been working on, an old favorite, or maybe a duo with a fellow student! In order to be in the printed program, or if you have any questions, please contact our vice president, Robin Purchas, email@example.com, with your information by May 1st. I hope to see you there! All the best, Catherine
Spotlight on Bernice Rind: How did you Start to Play the Harp...
When I was two years old I declared I wanted to be a ballerina, so my mother took me to Cornish. “She has the perfect dancer’s body,” said the dance instructor, but my father felt dance was an inappropriate profession and said, “My daughter is not going to travel around the world dancing!” Mother, who had played the lute, said “Well, she’s only two, but what about the harp, then?” Father gave his consent and Mother’s sister-in-law had gone to school with a young harpist, Edith Lundgren. She came to our house but said that two was too young to start and I should wait a while. I started lessons in 1932 at age seven on a Clark Irish harp of Edith’s. Soon Edith encouraged me to get a Lyon & Healy 15 but I couldn’t really reach the pedals. In the summers Mother took me to Los Angeles where Grandjany summered. She spoke French, which he very much enjoyed, so they would visit and I would get lessons for free. At 18 or so I got the 23 that I still have, but now I also have a newly purchased Salzedo harp!
Tuesday, February 2 Carol Levin (electric harp) and Jenny Ziefel (bass clarinet) at Spite House, 1513 14th (between Pike and Pine behind the brown fence). Spite House Concerts began in 2013 as a venue for new music. Much beloved by Seattle's improvisation communities, the weekly series continues in 2016, ‘in spite of’ urban development surrounding the tiny house on Capitol Hill. The first set begins at 8:30 with the house band (pianist Stephen Fandrich with Bill Monto on sax). The second set is a concert presentation – artists are selected by a rotating group of curators, local musicians devoted to finding Seattle's most interesting and unique new music. In their set (probably around 9:30) Levin & Ziefel plan an improvisation-based duo program with a few surprises. The third set (around 10:30) is open to improvisers. Concert attendees are welcome to bring an instrument, and are formed in impromptu duos and small ensembles to create a set of improvised magic. Harpists who want to participate in the third set are welcome to try Carol’s new electric Camac. Donations are accepted and encouraged. Food and drink are always on hand in the kitchen...
Sunday, February 7 , Midnight. The Daphnes (Monica Schley, harpist) live on Sonarchy Radio This session was recorded on June 27th at Jack Straw Productions. Sonarchy Radio showcases new music and sound art from the Pacific Northwest Underground broadcast on KEXP 90.3FM (Seattle) at their podcast and streaming any ol' time you want after the broadcast date.
Monday, February 8, 7:30 Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S (Columbia City). Father Daughter: Ambient music and visuals. Carol Levin will bring her electric harp and says, “I don't know what will happen here: no rehearsal, the point is to invent along with video. I'm on the program with Leviathan Worship Service: Geoff Harper on electric bass, Mack Fisher on synthesizer, Darb Adour on amplified gamelan and electric guitar, me on electroharp. Weird? Fun? Wonderful? TBD.”
Friday, February 19, 7:30-11:00. Spinnaker Bay Brewing, 5718 Rainier Ave S (Hillman City) All Star Women Jam: Every third Friday, blues in the key of Wow, Some kicking blues gals and surprise guests every time. Carol Levin is “privileged to sit in and the wah-wah pedal gets a workout. This women-owned brewery is more packed each time. Come early! The brews are great, there's a different food truck outside each month.”
February 19 7:30 The Cathedral Trio performs at St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle. Flute Brian Fairbanks, viola Joyce Ramee, harp Naomi Kato. Pieces are by Ravel, Bennett, Krouse, Devienne, and Censhu. Admission is by suggested donation of $15 ($10 student/senior). Since seating is limited in Thomsen Chapel, you are encouraged to obtain a reserved pass in advance from the Cathedral Shop.
February 24 7-8:30 Healing Harp Tones with Monica Schley, who says, ”Join me for a 47-minute guided meditation through the chakras. The session is a tonal attunement on the 7 chakras, each lasting for approximately 7-min. I will blend therapeutic harp techniques, voice, guided imagery and hand mudras. $12 Tickets here. East West Bookshop 6407 - 12th Ave NE, Seattle (Roosevelt Dist.)
February 25 – March 1 Harp technician Steve Moss will be doing regulations in Seattle. Please contact Susi Hussong to reserve a spot for your harp.
February 27 7:30 Valerie Muzzolini Gordon will play a lesser known Parish-Alvars concerto, Opus 81 in G minor, with the Tacoma Symphony at the Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor. Tickets at 253.591.5894 or 1.800.291.7593 7593 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program also includes Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”.
February 27 Portland Jazz Festival Tribute to Alice Coltrane, directed by Ravi Coltrane with a group including harpist Brandee Younger, followed the next day by a solo concert by Younger.
February 28 Valerie Muzzolini Gordon will play a lesser known Parish-Alvars concerto, Opus 81 in G minor, with the Tacoma Symphony at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. Tickets at 253.591.5894 or 1.800.291.7593 or email@example.com. The program also includes Debussy’s Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale”.
March 10 - 13 Beginning in the Middle Harp Festival 2016, “designed specifically for adult harpists at all skill levels.” Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.
March 12 7:30 Tacoma-based choral group Cora Voce in concert with the Northwest Repertory Singers and the Rainier Symphony. Ruthann Ritchie sings with the group and will do the harp accompaniment on one of the selections, newly composed by a Cora Voce member. Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma.
March 14 7:30. Melissa Walsh will be playing the harp part in Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake with the Cascade Symphony. Edmonds Center for the Arts.
May 15, 2:00 p.m. Spring Chapter Meeting and recital at the home of Patti Warden