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Member Event Calendar 2017-2018


Saturday, November 25, and Saturday December 30, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Latin Harp Music by Diana Stork at Brezo Restaurant in Point Richmond, Ca. Walk-ins welcome but reservations suggested. 510-680-5196. 135 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA. www.facebook.com/Brezollc/

Friday, December 1, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Harp performance and Labyrinth Walk, Grace Cathedral. Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, Celtic harps. Walk the labyrinth in candlelight and in silence to the beautiful sounds of their two interweaving harps. Donations welcome at the door. Grace Cathedral 1100 California Street (at Taylor Street), San Francisco, CA 94108. www.gracecathedral.org, 510-548-3326.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:00 pm. 20 Harps for the Holidays Concert
, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos, California. The program features Harpeggio Studio ensemble of more than 20 harps playing a festive selection of music, including traditional carols and popular holiday music. John Metras returns as guest artist, performing on both cross-strung and Paraguayan harps. For more information and tickets, please call Stephanie at 408-366-8810 or email events@harpeggio.com. Proceeds go to Harpeggio Music to help support studio activities, including this concert.

Sunday, December 3, 7:00 pm. Dan Levitan plays harp for Carols and Lullabies by Conrad Susa at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church's Christmas Concert.

Friday, December 8 - Sunday, December 10. Naomi Sun will be the harpist for four performances of the Nutcracker Ballet. Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Cupertino. Tickets and information. Performances are Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 pm.

Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm. Dan Levitan performs with the Valley Concert Chorale. Pleasanton/Livermore area. Tickets and information.

Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm. Music for the Holidays at Lutheran Resurrection Church, San Rafael, Ca. With Diana Stork and Laurel North, harps, and other musicians.

Sunday, December 10, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Celebrate the Holidays at the Annual Dickens Fair - performance with Diana Stork and members of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble. Special guests: Teed Rockwell, percussion, Linnea Snyderman and Shawna Spiteri, vocals. Festive melodies to evoke the season of bounteous good cheer. Check schedule for list of performances and locations. www.dickensfair.com

Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. Dan Levitan performs Britten's Ceremony of Carols with the Peninsula Women's Chorus. Tickets and Information. Dec. 15; 8:00 pm at Mission Santa Clara, December 16; 2:30 pm at St. Mark's in Palo Alto.

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Kristal Barlaan and friends will perform harp and violin music at the Annual Dickens Christmas Fair. Cow Palace Exhibition Halls, Daly City. www.dickensfair.com.

Wednesday, December 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Community Congregational Church, Tiburon. Annual indoor Solstice Labyrinth Walk in candlelight and silence with Diana Stork, Harp. www.ccctiburon.org.

Thursday, December 23 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Dan Levitan, harp, with California Symphony at their Holiday Concerts in Walnut Creek. Tickets and Information.

Thursday, December 23, 2017, 7:30 pm. Harper's Hall (including Carol Holsinger) presents Season of Hope; nourishment for your spirit, and a fundraiser for people in need. Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 South Market St., San Jose.

Friday, December 24, Dan Levitan plays harp at Christmas Eve services:
7:00 pm. Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church.
10:00 pm Sacred Heart Church in Sunnyvale.
Midnight Stanford Memorial Church.

Saturday, December 25. Dan Levitan performs at Christmas Day services at Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Harpists Carol Holsinger and Mary Pless perform with the California Pops Orchestra at Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA. See ww.calpops.org for more information. www.californiapopsorchestra.com or 650-856-8432. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000:
Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 3:00 pm. Pops Family Christmas: Musical Tidings for the Whole Family Warm and toasty, egg nog and yule logs. The perfect way to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family!
Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 3:00 pm. Broadway Meets Hollywood. Tony and Oscar Award Winners! Addams Family, Star Wars, Disney and more!
Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 3:00 pm. Pops Radio Music Hall. Your favorite songs and dance music presented in Radio Show format.
Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 3:00 pm. American Jubilee, featuring music celebrating America's best composers: Gershwin, Porter, Souza and more!

Friday, June 29, 2018. 7:00 pm. The San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, will perform as pre-concert music before the concerto competition at the American Harp Society's Annual Conference in Redlands, CA. The theme of their program is about inspiring students to become musicians; blending the classical with contemporary to empower students with their legacy.


More to Come!

MEMBER NEWS

Internationally renowned harpist, Cheryl Ann Fulton, has produced a beautiful new documentary film, The Harps in the Trees. In the film, Cheryl Ann leads her ensemble of medieval harp students, Angelorum (including chapter member Jennifer Hurley), on a journey to the highlands of Scotland, where they serenade the very trees that provided the wood from which their harps were made. With filmmaker Ezio Taranto, they bring an inspired message of hope and harmony to the world by telling the story of their pilgrimage and illuminating a special relationship between harps, trees, music, nature and the human spirit.

14 minute documentary film

Short Music Video

Soundtrack plus bonus tracks

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The nonprofit Multicultural Music Fellowship, directed by Diana Stork, has launched its second Youtube video of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble's (BAYHE) Save the Ancient Redwoods of Northern California Tour. This video features BAYHE playing Sylvia Woods' beautiful composition, "Dialogue With a Brook" (from her "The Harp of Brandiswhere" suite) playing on a rainbow of Harpsicles. To view the beautiful video and help them spread their message go to this link. They invite you to Like and Comment and Share with your local harp communities. Short documentary about the project.
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Dominique Piana has a new collection of harp arrangements of Baroque music, including old tunes that are now hard to find, as well as some surprising finds that are perfect for harp arrangement. They are presented in scholarly and ready-to-perform style, with fingerings, pedaling, explanation of ornamentation and historical background. The collection includes Solfeggietto and La Caroline by CPE Bach, Toccata by Paradies, Allegro and Sonatina by Handel, Aria and Gavotta by Martini, La Gemissante and La Cavalcade by Dandrieu, La Joyeuse by Rameau, Prelude and Almond in A minor by Purcell, Intrada by Graupner, Rondeau by Fischer, Le Rossignol en Amour by Couperin, Aria by Scarlatti, and Toccata in C by Seixas. The price will be $25 for 36 pages. Available in mid-December 2017 by contacting dominiquepiana@comcast.net, www.harpiana.com.

HARP ENSEMBLE OPPORTUNITIES

Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble (YES) is an ensemble under the sponsorship of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. It is directed by Sonya Yu, and meets in the northwestern part of San Jose. Current ensemble members are ages 8-16. For more information about joining, contact Sonya Yu at musica2g@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.harpyes.org

San Jose Youth Symphony has a harp ensemble, directed by Kristal Barlaan, with bi-monthly meetings from September - May at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and 3-5 concerts per year. The ensemble is open to students from ages junior high through age 22 and with playing ability of level two and above. Auditions are ongoing for the 2017-2018 season. For more information, visit SJYS.org. If interested in auditioning, email kristalharp@gmail.com.

New Harp Ensemble at Harps Etc. The last Sunday of each month from 5:00 - 6:30 pm beginning September 27. Open to all ages and abilities. Learn to play along with others, improve your sight-reading skills, follow a conductor and just have fun making music with others. Fee $20 per session and music. Call 925-937-4277 or email info@harpsetc.com.

The Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble is auditioning new members in January and February. BAYHE focuses on multicultural harp music played on a variety of harps. See the BAYHE website or contact Diana Stork, director, for more information at multiculturalmusicfellowship@gmail.com.

The Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society has an informal adult harp ensemble open to all chapter members, playing either lever or pedal harp. Please contact Sue Dinwiddie for details or email svcahs@gmail.com.
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Chapter member, Katherine Healzer, plays harp for a San Jose Dance Theater benefit gala event in August, 2015.