The onset of March seems to have arrived with the usual erratic spring weather: I was admiring hopeful buds on my trees a few days ago and now they are all draped in snow and ice crystals! More important, March tends to be the lull before the storm, usually a time between major holidays and major concert dates. This opens up an opportunity to re-focus on goals set at the beginning of January (or the school year) and to really delve into them now before the mad rush to summer begins. I find that as soon as Spring Break hits, there is a deluge of end-of-year concerts and other events.
Speaking of events, on March 10th we will have the second session for the A&E with Valerie Muzzolini Gordon. Students will perform in two group sessions, 11-12:30 and 1:30-3:00, in a Master Class format, and an audience is welcome. Following that, we will be preparing for the upcoming Spring Meeting on May 6 at the Dusty Strings factory. It will include a recital followed by a factory tour and is open to all chapter members. Recitals are an important part of learning as they provide a goal for the hard work put forth in our private practices. It’s a chance to give those pieces a whirl in front of a supportive audience and, as well, to hear different pieces performed by other harpists, providing ideas and new goals. I hope you’ll participate! This month we send the Annual Scholarship applications to all members. Please see the March Resonance for more information.
Best wishes, Robin De Lanoy
Spotlight on Alec Sjoholm:
I grew up in a family of amateur musicians, from whom I learned to sing and play the piano. When I was in third grade, a harpist came to my elementary school and played some simple pieces, and I immediately wanted to get my hands on a harp! Soon afterwards, my parents took me to a harp recital in Naomi Kato's studio. During the reception, she helped me play a tune on the lever harp. I began taking lessons from Naomi shortly afterward. I took lessons from her for nine years and am now pursuing a major in harp performance with Catherine Case at PLU.
Tuesday, March 6 7:30 Ben Albertson will perform the Debussy Dances with the Olympia High School orchestra. The concert will be at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1303 North St. SE, Olympia. $5 at the door.
Saturday, March 10 – Second Audition & Evaluation at St. Andrew Church in Renton. Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, auditor.
Monday, March 27 7:30 Carol Levin will play with Christian Pincock's Scrambler - a large improvising ensemble directed by Pincock using a gestural vocabulary. Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S.
Friday, March 30 6:30-10:30 Carol Levin plays with the MoodSwings women's big band at the Century Ballroom, 915 E Pike. A bunch of women artists in a fundraiser for Seattle Women in Jazz. Come for dinner or just the concert/ dance - find event on Facebook or MoodSwingsjazz.org Saturday, April 21 7:30 Celtic masters Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne in concert at Dusty Strings in Fremont. Multi-instrumentalist duo with Celtic harps, Swedish nyckelharpa, Ukrainian bandura, bouzouki, cittern and more. “Unique show of breathtaking music both traditional and original, with wondrous stories and humor entwined.” $20 in advance, $25 at the door, purchase online http://store.dustystrings.com/p-5005-180421-frankfurter-advance-ticket-aryeh-frankfurter- amp-lisa-lynne-in-concert.aspx or at 206-634-1662.
Sunday, April 22 at 7 pm - House concert with Lisa Lynne Franco and Aryeh Frankfurter, who will be delighting with music and stories at the home of Jim and Joyce Newport in Gig Harbor. For more info and to reserve seats, please email HarborHouseConcerts@gmail.com
Sunday, May 6 2 PM – Spring chapter meeting/student recital at Dusty Strings factory in Interbay.
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. Opening concert by virtuoso Emmanuel Ceysson. More details will be available soon at www.ahsconference.org.