Dear chapter members, I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful summer we’ve been having. I’m working at keeping our gardens from drying up and valiantly trying to remove moss from our patio – who needs the gym? If you’re lucky you have plans for viewing the upcoming eclipse, but don’t let all the excitement take your attention away from our plans for the upcoming year! On a still-to-be- determined date in September we’re hoping to have a couple of harp tastings at libraries, where the public can come in and try harps. On October 15 at our fall meeting we’ll be listening to and learning from people who play four kinds of harps that we rarely see or hear: triple, double, cross-strung and the Chinese horizontal harp called the guzheng - wonderful information for young and old, students or professionals. In January we plan to have another harp-a-thon at Virginia Mason (but in a busier location). Auditions & Evaluations (adjudications) will be in February and March, and our spring meeting in May will be in the form of a student recital, perhaps at the Dusty Strings factory where we can also have a tour of their amazing facility. The membership renewal period is fast approaching. Membership chairs Patti Warden and Melissa Walsh would really, really appreciate it if you could renew early before school and lessons and everything else recommence. Your $10 and $15, still the same as for many years, allow us to award generous scholarships to deserving students, rent facilities when necessary and pay for other expenses. It’s easy at http://www.ahsseattle.org/join-us.html. Happy rest of the summer! Joyce Rice
Spotlight on Laurie Wright:
During a summer road trip when I was 16, my family stopped at the Grand Teton Music Festival where the orchestra was in a dress rehearsal with the door ajar- which we took to be an invitation to sneak in to the concert hall and listen. I was swept away with the emotion of the Rachmaninoff Symphony and developed a serious crush on the exceptionally-good-looking concertmaster (black hair, dark eyes, sooooooo musical....sigh). Mom interrupted my reverie to ask if I’d thought about playing the harp or wanted to talk to the harpist. I quickly calculated that if we went onstage, surely the concertmaster would see me, we’d fall madly in love and live happily ever after. Apparently we spoke to the harpist...though I have NO recollection of it (where was that violinist?) After the trip mom located the nearest harpist, Gale Lilly in Spokane, and I drove myself to and from weekly lessons (180 miles round trip through snow, ice, fog, & rain!). I drove daily to practice on the University of Idaho’s harp with red, green and purple strings, a motley collection with several missing - until my horrified teacher gave me a crash course in re-stringing! I fell in love with the harp then and still am (and still swoon when I hear Rachmaninoff’s Symphony).
AUGUST 2017 CALENDAR
Thursday, August 3 7-10 Hendrick's Gin Grand Garnisher Party! Fremont Foundary - 145 N 35th St. (Seattle) 21+ only. If you are at all interested in the art of cocktail mixology, this is a party for you! Monica Schley will be playing 2 solo sets. You can expect to garnish your own drink with this contraption! Wednesday, August 9 5:30-7:30 The Daphnes, with Monica Schley, harp, perform at Summer Nights at Chihuly Garden and Glass (Seattle Center) All ages. Julie, Nate and Monica return for another year at this beautiful summer concert series! Ticket price includes museum visit. Two September Saturdays (TBA): Chapter sponsored harp tastings at two area libraries (perhaps Northgate and Greenwood). A teacher will be present to talk a little about the harp and play a piece, then the public will be invited to try. A few harps will be available. More info in September. Sunday, October 15 2:00 Chapter fall meeting at Chryssa Deliganis’ home. Demonstrations and performances on triple, double, cross-strung harps and the Chinese guzheng.
June 27-30, 2018 AHS Conference in Redlands, CA. The 2018 theme is “Back to Our Future”, spotlighting the three tenets of the AHS mission statement: celebrating our legacy, inspiring excellence, and empowering the next generation of harpists. They also hope to reflect the Latin influences of southern California as well as the Hollywood musical scene. Concerts anticipated include noon-time pop up’s; unusual chamber music pairings with harp; original harp quartets from the last 10-15 years; legacy pieces (both solo and chamber) originally commissioned by the Northern California Harp Association; and legacy and contemporary concerti. https://www.harpsociety.org/ConferenceInstitute/