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Friday, April 04, 2014

Early April Harp News from Melodys

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Early April Harp News - 2014

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."   - Nelson Mandela

This notice is being sent out to harp players in the general SE Texas area.  If you are receiving this and would prefer to be on the "World Harp List" - those not anywhere within easy travel distance, let me know and I will make that change for you.

April 4 - tonight (short notice sorry) Haefner-Mitchell harp duo performing April 4 - Friday night in Nacogdoches, TX at Stephen F. Austin State University, Cole Concert Hall, 7:30 pm. Performing works by Edward Flower, Gary Schocker, de Falla/Salzedo, and Piazzolla.

Date: April 19   Time: 4-5 pm Houston area - here's a very interesting event with music composed and performed in part by Becky Baxter.  It is at Brigid's Place -  1117 Texas Ave  - Houston, TX 77002 (Christ Church Cathedral).  
A meditative reflection on the women involved during the time just before Easter.
More info HERE.

 Legends of the Celtic Harp, Storytelling and Music Concert with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM  For more info click HERE. It's at the University of St. Thomas.

For more local harp events, see our blog. For Milligan Competition info click HERE.

May - Suzuki Harp Camp in Austin

Event:  41st American Harp Society National Conference 
Theme:  "Harp Carnivale"
When:  June 22-26, 2014
Where:  Crowne Astor Plaza Hotel; New Orleans, LA
Presenters:  Over 50 harpists including Diana Rowan, Baltazar Juarez, Park Stickney, Chicago Harp Quartet, & Deborah Henson-Conant.
Opportunites: Masterclasses with artists such as Emily Mitchell & Ann Yeung, workshops on improv/arranging/composing/ pedagogy, etc, harps & historical exhibits, Anne Adams Awards, five different harp ensembles under directors such as Dickie Fleisher, concerts in the French Quarter, and a grand Mardi Gras Ball Orchestra Gala with members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra!
For info contact: conference@   (678) 870-HARP (4277)
Facebook: AHS2014Conference

July - HBU Summer Harp Camp
July - Midwest Harp Conference - does not conflict with HBU

At the most recent Harp Journeys in Houston, I was reminded that many of you really enjoyed our catalogs with fur stories.  We'll put some of the stories up on our blog.  Right now we have begun with our current foster, Tayler.  Blog story here.

New Music! 

Frank Voltz has 2 new composition: Entrada and Reflections.  If you liked Gloria!,you will be very pleased with Entrada.

Meg Robinson's Latest ensemble creation is called Hope.  It was commissioned by the American Harp Society.  For 3 pedal harps, it is rhythmic and uplifting.  You can hear it and also view the premier performance on a You Tube HERE.

Diana Stork has a new book called California Celtic - read about it here.  We also now have an mp3 sample of her composition (really cool piece) Dangerous Waters.

Our own local composer, Julia Sanders, has quite a few compositions available, including Japanese Waterlily.  See all Julia's music HERE.

William Mahan's "Monet's Garden" is available now!  Optional CD played by Mary Radspinner.

Barbara Semmann's Quintabile is now available as a download, and of course as a paper book. 

Just about every Rhett Barnwell title we carry is now available in download form!  Rhett is a very popular arranger and lecturer for the harp. His music is appropriate for many occasions.  He is in our "best selling" category and also in the Download category. 

Accessories - we do have the Loveland Lever caps made by Dusty Strings Harps.

Mary will be teaching again at the Capital Harp Retreat, along with Kim Robertson, Ann Lobotzke and Ray Pool!  June of this year - just a few months away! 

Peace and Blessings from the folks at Melody's and Afghan Press Music for Harp. Have a safe and peaceful Easter Season.

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