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Member Event Calendar 2017-2018

Updated March 20, 2018,

March 4, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble performs background music for the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce San Francisco Bay Area New Year Celebration. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union City, CA

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, 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 Gershwin, Porter, Souza and more!

Saturdays March 31, April 21 and May 26 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Hear Latin harp music performed at Brezo Restaurant in Point Richmond, featuring Diana Stork and Friends. Reservations suggested. 510-680-5196. https://brezorestaurant.com http://www.harpdancer.com

San Jose Youth Symphony Harp Ensemble has several upcoming performances:
March 31, 2:30 pm
 - Atrium Senior Living, Brookdale Atrium, 1009 Blossom River Way, San Jose.
April 12, 7:00 pm
 - Trianon Theater, San Jose (with Valley Christian Strings Ensembles)
June 10, 4:30 pm 
- The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos.

Monday, April 9. Katherine Healzer
will perform the Handel Harp Concerto in B Flat Major in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, with the Blach Honor Orchestra at the National Festival of Gold.

Friday, April 13, 12:10 pm - Katherine Healzer gives a lecture/presentation for the San Jose Noon Arts and Lectures series titled, “All about the Harp: Medieval to Modern” at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St, in downtown San Jose. Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Saturday, April 21, six Silicon Valley Chapter members will perform background harp music for “The Villages Medial Auxiliary Health Fair" in San Jose, with a theme of Holistic Healing. Harpists Katherine Healzer, Danielle Nam, Katie Santoso, Naomi Sun, Karissa Yau and Charis Woo will perform.

Sunday, April 29, 2018. 3:00 pm. Dominique Piana solo recital "The Romantic Spirit" at Grace Presbyterian Church in Walnut Creek. Donations accepted. This new program will feature romantic harp music by Bochsa, Parish Alvars, Oberthür, Thomas, Godefroid, Hasselmans, Holý and Kastner. For more information, contact Dominique through www.dominiquepiana.com

Sunday, April 29, 2018. 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Harp Music at St. Mary's Cathedral, featuring Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, with special guest, harpist Brenda Chen. Music from the Labyrinth - from Chartres to Grace and Labyrinth Walk. St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary) San Francisco. Doors open 30 minutes before concert. Suggested donation $20. Ample free parking and wheelchair access. Information or 415-567-2020.

Saturday, May 5, 2018. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Silicon Valley Youth Harp Ensemble performs at the annual Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA. The concert is a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Saturday, August 25. For students interested in participating in a National Certification program, Kristal Barlaan and the San Jose Academy of Music host the ASTACAP (American Strings Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program) for levels 1-10. Students prepare two solos, orchestral excerpts or etudes for a monitor. After successful examination, the students receives a national Certificate that can help quantify their studies for college applications. San Jose. More info from kristalharp@gmail.com.



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 accepting new members this Fall. 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.