By: Kasey Littlefield | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: July 2009
Don’t miss the beautiful music of the Midwest Harp Academy at the Midwest Harp Festival, a series of free concerts taking place July 20-25.
The Midwest Harp Academy is hosting its annual Midwest Harp Festival July 20 through 25 with a series of concerts for the entire family to enjoy. This festival will feature students and harpists of all ages from around the Midwest and South of the United States. Over 40 youth, teens and adults are joining together in Tulsa for this non-competitive week. Also in attendance will be an international graduate student from Taiwan.
The main emphasis is camaraderie, ensemble chamber music with solo performance opportunities, a master class, private coaching, harp maintenance and three-day progressive workshops taught by outstanding clinicians. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Midwest Harp Festival Week of Concerts
Festival Opening Concert
Monday, July 20 – 7:30 p.m. at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4102 E. 61st St.
Midwest Harp Festival’s four outstanding professional harpists will perform in solo, duo, and trio format including classical, Broadway/pop, and chamber music with flute and voice.
Student Solo Competition Winner’s Recital
Wednesday, July 22 – 1 p.m. at Oral Roberts University, Timko-Barton Performance Hall, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
The students performing will be winners of the multi-level solo competition, held the night before this event.
Thursday, July 23 – 8 p.m. at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4102 E. 61st St.
Crossroads is Oklahoma’s newest Celtic ensemble; the group’s focus is the music of Ireland and Scotland. Every concert becomes a learning experience for the audience as they hear the stories behind the tunes and learn the characteristics of the Celtic style. The group features Julia Harris on hammered dulcimer, fiddle and viola, Melissa Schiavone on flutes and whistles, and Dana Maher on Celtic harp, Bodhran (Irish drum) and keyboards. Each of the performers began her musical life with classical training and crossed over to Celtic music along the way. They combine a commitment to the Celtic tradition with a fresh and innovative approach to arranging and setting the tunes. The concert will feature a special appearance by Tammy Wilcox.
Brown Bag Chamber Music Institute Recital
Friday, July 24 – 12 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, 10901 S. Yale Ave.
Students participating in the Midwest Chamber Music Institute will perform at lunchtime. The audience is encouraged to bring their own lunch and enjoy the music.
Festival Ensemble Concert
Saturday, July 25 – 11 a.m. at Oral Roberts University, Timken-Barton Music Building, 7777 S. Lewis Ave.
This concert is the culminating concert consisting of all student and adult harpists in three levels of ensemble separately and all together.
Sponsors for the week include National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, Vanderbilt Music Company, Colin Harp Music, Melody’s Traditional Music and Harp Shoppe, and Lyon & Healy.
The Midwest Harp Academy supports the arts community by educating and performing with the harp. For more information on the festival week or how to donate to the Harp Notes Society, contact Lorelei Barton, director, at (918) 832-0934 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. You may also go online to www.midwestharpfestival.org. The Midwest Harp Academy is a non-profit organization in the Tulsa community.