February 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the Bay Area Chapter of the American Harp Society’s newsletter for February 2018! We were so happy to see you at Sasha Boldachev’s master class and absolutely spectacular concert!   Keep reading to learn more about:
1. Recent Events
2. Housekeeping
3. Harpy Hour

4. Membership Reminder
5. Upcoming Member Events

6. Member News
7. Classifieds

Recent Events

Thank you to all the harpists who attended the Sasha Boldachev master class and concert.  What an inspiring performance! Sasha dazzled us all with incomparable technique.  His exquisite program spanned from free improvisation to classics from the harp repertory to astounding solo transcriptions of major ballets to toe-tapping pop songs.  Check out photos below:

Please tell us about your recent news and upcoming concerts!!
We LOVE hearing from you and supporting your events!
Please submit your recent news and member events.
You can submit your recent news, member events, and classified ads just by clicking on the following links:

Member News:
Upcoming Member Events:
Please submit by the 1st of the month to guarantee inclusion in that month’s newsletter.
Email Jennifer Ellis at harpellis@gmail.com
Harpy Hour!
 Harpy Hour is a chance to connect with other harpists in your neighborhood.  Share wonderful conversations over drinks and snacks. We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Mark your calendars!  Locations rotate across the Bay Area.  Hope to see you there!
February Harpy Hour in Dublin
 Allegro Coffee, 5200 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA
(Allegro Coffee is inside the Whole Foods)
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Date: February 20th
*15 minute walk from Dublin/Pleasanton BART*
March Harpy Hour in Oakland
 Oakland area, exact location TBA
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Date: March 20th
Membership Reminder!
Membership renewals were due at the beginning of September so if you haven’t already renewed please do so by clicking on the link below:
Thank you for your continued support – we can’t do this without you!

Upcoming Events From Our Members:

All Members can submit upcoming events: https://goo.gl/forms/1igGOStOO2h8xLYp1
Event information will appear as submitted.February 24th – Diana Rowan
Concert Feb 24, 8pm Oakland. Diana Rowan (harp), Daniel Berkman (kora), Peter Maund (percussion), Gary Haggerty (oud/violin/tarhu), Sarah Michael (kanun/tarhu.) Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Medieval, and West African musics, original compositions by the band members, and instrumentation that may never have been heard before, including Tarhu duets! The Project combines the hypnotic west African kora in the hands of a composer with a 21st century esthetic, a great harpist with interests in the past, present, the Balkans and the Middle East, two players of the tarhu, a modern re-engineering of the yayli tambur, one a multi-instrumentalist known for his jaw-dropping improvisation, and one a kanun player and composer with a long history in early music, and a hand drummer well versed in both early and world music traditions. Reservations essential: all previous concerts were full house and this is the last one in the series! http://wisteriaways.org/events.html

February 24th – Meredith Clark
Meredith Clark plays French chamber music next weekend, February 24 and 25, in San Luis Obispo for Festival Mozaic’s winter series Wintermezzo. The program will include the Suite en Duo by Jean Cras for flute and harp as well as Roussel’s Serenade for flute, harp and string trio. More information can be found at www.festivalmozaic.com/wintermezzo.

March 3rd – Michael Steadman
Michael Steadman will be performing March 3 with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony at Herbst Theater. The concert will feature Mahler 1 and vocal selections with soprano Patricia Racette. http://bars-sf.org

March 3rd – Meredith Clark
Saturday, March 3rd at 8pm, Meredith will be performing Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro as part of a fundraiser for Oakland School for the Arts. The concert will take place in the OSA Sweets Ballroom at 1933 Broadway Ave, Oakland, CA 94612.
Tickets are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3207306

March 9th – Destiny Muhammad
Karen Seneferu present Classic Strings and Street Ballet with Joan Tarika Lewis, Destiny Muhammad, and Fayzo Medea Sirkas! This is one of the most powerful, experimental collaborations yet. Premiering at the Berkeley Museum for the Full Moon Performance BAMPFA https://bampfa.org/event/full-street-classical
9 March 2018 Destiny Muhammad returns to SFJAZZ! Celtic 2 Coltrane 7pm & 8:30pm Get tickets today! https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/destiny-muhammad/

March 10th – Meredith Clark
Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 pm, the Joshua Trio (Meredith Clark, harp, Ann Moss, soprano and Emil Miland, cello) will perform a concert at Clayton Valley Presbyterian.1578 Kirker Pass Rd, Clayton, CA 94517. Tickets available at the door for $15.

March 12th – Meredith Clark
Monday, March 12th at 7:30pm, Meredith joins bassoonist Karla Ekholm and flutist Tod Brody for a wind-centered program at Classical at the Freight, located in downtown Berkeley at 2020 Addison St. More info at www.thefreight.org/event/1589883-classical-freight-mighty-berkeley

June 3rd to 10th – Cheryl Ann Fulton
Hello BACAHS Members, I wanted to let you know about this wonderful retreat. Highly recommended!
HarpArts June 3 – 10, 2018 Join us in a supportive environment for enriching your musical skill. Make plans to join us in beautiful Petoskey, Michigan for a week of all things music and harp. Your musical future starts now! www.harparts.org Our outstanding faculty will guide you through ensemble coachings, master classes, private lessons, technique, rhythm, ear training, and much, much more. With Lynne Aspnes, director, Joan Holland, and Charles Lynch.

July 20th to 27th – Susie Spiwak
Registration is open for Canadian International Summer Harp Institute (CISHI). BACAHS member, Susie Spiwak, has been attending since 2012, and relishes the instruction and the community it fosters. Happening July 20-27, 2018, CISHI provides a unique place for harpists of all ages and levels to immerse themselves in a week of intensive training with world-renowned teachers, Judy Loman, Julia Kay Jamieson and Gianetta Baril, and to enjoy the camaraderie of similarly motivated students. The Sanctum Retreat Center near Calgary, is the perfect venue for a wonderful week of harping. For more information, visit cishi.ca and feel free to contact Susie.

Member News:

All Members can submit member news here:
News will appear exactly as submitted.

Jennifer Ellis – SFCM Preparatory Program Registration
Dr. Jennifer Ellis has joined Professor Doug Rioth teaching for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory program.  Registration is now open for  2018-2019.  This is a wonderful, comprehensive music program including harp lessons, musicianship classes, and chamber music for students up through grade 12.  Please click here and here to learn more or email Jennifer Ellis at jellis@sfcm.edu.

Member Classifieds

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