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Third Annual String Fever Concert a Great Success!



The String Fever harp ensemble concerts keep getting better and better. Our third annual concert was given Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose. Diana Stork, harpist-composer and director of the Bay Area Youth Harp Ensemble, was a featured guest artist. Teed Rockwell, percussionist, and five other members of the BAYHE joined Diana, in addition to fourteen harpists from our chapter.

The audience was very appreciative, and donations from the event went toward the Student Scholarship Fund of the Silicon Valley Chapter. A reception followed the concert and was coordinated by Sue and Ken Dinwiddie.

Chapter members who performed included: Martha Bailey, Kristal Schwartz Barlaan, Annamarie Bettisworth, Sue Dinwiddie, Bob Fonda, Gwen Halterman, Carol Holsinger, Paul Hurst, Dan Levitan, Anna Lorenz, Tamara Mead, Debbi Ricks, Linda Rollo, Diana Stork, and Brian Swager. Lynn Bailey, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, accompanied the ensemble on the organ. Videos of the concert have been uploaded to Youtube and can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/harpnvolleyball/videos.

Paul Hurst’s arrangement of Bolero for multiple harps and organ was performed for the second time, with the added contribution of Teed Rockwell on percussion. Two of Diana Stork’s original compositions; St. Martin’s Tango and Wedding Bells, as well as Pierre Beauchant’s Triptic Dance, were performed by all twenty harpists and percussion. Diana Stork and Portia Diwa performed Ms. Stork’s arrangement of Pescadero del Rio Apura, a lovely Venezuelan composition. Dan Levitan and Tamara Mead performed Jay Pierson’s harp duet arrangement of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. Also featured were Pachelbel’s Canon in D, arranged by McDonald/Wood, Campra’s Rigaudon, arranged by John Escosa, Holst’s Jupiter, arranged by Kim Robertson, Robert Barclay’s Mission at Santa Fe, and the Louck’s arrangement of Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen. We are already looking forward to next year’s continuation of this wonderful tradition.

Review by Tamara Mead