Harp

NMF 2015 Recap

It’s been a week since our final concert at the National Music Festival, in Chestertown, Md., and that’s about how long it’s taken for the catchy strains of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony (performed with four harps, thank you very much!) to exit my head. It’s really no surprise, given how blatantly Mahler ripped off catchy tunes like “Be Our Guest” and “I’ll be Seeing You.”  The massive 90-minute symphony was a fitting end to two weeks full of great repertoire and opportunities for myself and my “apprentices,” who this year included Peggy Houng, Rebekah Efthimiou, and Allison Janney. Here’s what we got to play:

Harp Studio Concert, June 7, 2015

  • “Allegro” from Brandenburg Concerto, by Bach/arrange for four harps by M.L. Williams (harp quartet)
  • Wedding Day from Troldhaugen, by Grieg/arranged for four harps M.L. Williams (harp quartet)
  • “Moonlight in a Pool,” and “Lolita the Dancer” from Images, Suite no. 1, by Tournier (Kimberly Rowe)
  • Sonate for Harp, by Hindemith (Rebekah Efthimiou)
  • Etude de Concert, by Godefroid (Allison Janney)
  • Variations on a Theme by Paganini, by Mchedelov (Peggy Houng)
  • “Cumbria,” “Llano,” and “Danza de Luma,” by Ortiz (harp quartet)

Chamber Music Concerts, June 9 and 10, 2015

  • Raga by Caroline Lizotte (Kimberly Rowe and Allison Janney)
  • Sonatine, by Ravel, arranged for harp, flute, and viola by Skaila Kanga (Peggy Houng)

Orchestra Works

  • Requiem, by Brahms (Peggy Houng, Allison Janney, Rebekah Efthimiou, Kimberly Rowe)
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, by Ravel (Allison Janney, Peggy Houng)
  • Shades—And, by Korkmaz (Rebekah Efthimiou)
  • 3rd Symphony, Mahler (Rebekah Efthimiou,Peggy Houng, Allison Janney, Kimberly Rowe)

Many thanks to my fabulous apprentices, Artistic Director Richard Rosenburg, Executive Director Caitlin Patton, hosts Joan and Dorsey, and the rest of the musicians and crew for a fabulous two weeks in Chestertown, MD. Go to http://nationalmusic.us for information about how to join the fun next year.

 

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