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Member Event Calendar 2017-2018

Updated October 21, 2018

Harps Etc. is introducing a new ensemble group for harpists age 6-18 with at least one year of harp lessons.  The monthly Saturday Harp Circle will take place on the first Saturday afternoon of each month this fall.  For more information and to register, call 1-800-836-5559 or email info@harpsetc.com before Sept. 5.

Harps Etc is also hosting a Wednesday Morning Harp Circle for adults over age 18 and to younger harpists by audition.  Please contact Harps Etc. at the numbers above for more information.

Diana Stork plays Latin Harp at Brezo Restaurant in Point Richmond this Fall on the following Saturdays: September 29, October 27, November 17 and December 28. 6:00 - 8:30 pm. Brezo Restaurant is located at 135 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA. Walk-ins welcome but reservations suggested. 510-680-5196. brezorestaurant.com

Saturday, October 202018, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.  Harps Etc is hosting a workshop: Learn How To Change Your Harp Strings! on   Fee is $25. The workshop will be held at Harps Etc., 1601 N. Main St., Suite 106, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.  Call or email info@harpsetc.com to register by October 10.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00 am -3:00 pm. Community Music Day, Crowden School, Berkeley. Wonderful free event for children to learn to play a variety of instruments and enjoy ongoing concerts by youth groups. Join Diana Stork and a number of her students teaching her in the "Harp Room". www.crowden.org

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Jieyin Wu performs solo harp works in the 2018 Chinese Composers' Concert, featuring local Chinese artists. Trianon Theater, 72 N. 5th St., San Jose. Jieyin will be performing new works by Phil Young, including:
Suzhou River Fantasia, a harp solo commissioned by Mrs. Wu and chosen for the 2018 International Harp Competition in Hong Kong.
Dusk By The Fishing Boat, A Barcarolle (flute and harp world premiere).
For tickets, call 408-800-9006 or
www.eventbrite.com More information on Mrs. Wu can be found at www.jieyinwu.com

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 4:00 pm.  Harpeggio Music presents their 20th annual 20 Harps for the Holidays concert at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos.  The program features Harpeggio's studio ensemble of more than 20 harps playing a festive selection of music, including traditional carols and holiday favorites.  This year's guest artist is the highly acclaimed harpist Anna Maria Mendieta.  She is internationally known for her classical, flamenco and tango harp music.  For more information, see harpeggio.com/concert.html.  For 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.

Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Diana Stork and Portia Diwa, Harp Music at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. Walk the labyrinth in candlelight and in silence to the beautiful sounds of their two interweaving harps. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street (at Taylor St.), San Francisco, CA 94108. www.gracecathedral.org.

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 pm.  Annual Harps Etc. Holiday Potluck featuring the students and ensembles at Harps Etc.  All performers will be providing background music for the party.  This is a great chance to practice playing for others in a more relaxed setting.  If you wish to perform, contact Jessica at Harps Etc.

Friday, December 21, 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. Free.

Saturday, December 22, 7:00 pm. Join Diana Stork and Harpists from the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble and the Dancing Strings Harp Ensemble as they ring in the Holidays with a concert at Isis Oasis, Geyserville, CA. For dinner beforehand at Isis, call to book a dinner reservation, and to reserve a room at this special B&B and Retreat center: www.isisoasis.org. 619-632-2064

Saturday, June 8, 2019.  Harps Etc Spring Recital featuring students and ensembles.  First recital is 4-6pm, followed by a reception from 6-7 pm and the second recital from 7-9pm.


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.