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      Harrisburg Harp Orchestra Presents...A Harp Felt Christmas! in Harrisburg

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      November 25, 2012

      Sunday   5:00 PM

      222 Market St
      Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

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      Harrisburg Harp Orchestra Presents...A Harp Felt Christmas!

      Harrisburg Harp Orchestra Presents Harp-Felt Christmas 2012
      Forty-five harpists and dozens of guest musicians and vocalists take the stage Sunday, November 25,
      at Whitaker Center, Harrisburg. Harrisburg Harp Orchestra presents the ninth annual Harp-Felt
      Christmas concert at two shows, 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

      Founded in 2002, the unique Harrisburg Harp Orchestra has become well-known for its annual
      Christmas music spectaculars. The full orchestra of harps performs original arrangement of carols and
      seasonal favorites, combined with presentations by harp-based ensembles and solo harpists. Playing
      a wide variety of music, from traditional sacred and classical to upbeat gospel and modern jazz, the
      orchestra is accompanied by cello, flute, hammered dulcimer, guitar, bass, congas, African drums and
      more.

      Highlights of Harp-Felt Christmas 2012 include music from popular bands Harp Rock Café, a harp-
      based rock and roll band, Seasons, one of the area’s most popular Celtic quartets featuring harps and
      hammer dulcimers, and Ryeland Harp Ring, a folk harp ensemble from the Lehigh Valley area.

      This year’s concert also features the introduction of a brand new electronic harp, the “harpella,”
      developed by Canadian harpist Michael-David. Michael-David and his wife Zsiporah recently made a
      debut performance featuring the new instrument in Jerusalem in September 2012. The new harp will
      enjoy its first American performance at Harp-Felt Christmas.

      Some of Pennsylvania’s leading professional harpists will perform with the orchestra and as soloists
      throughout the concert. Vocal soloists include Christyan Seay of Harrisburg, Michael Benson of Enola,
      Celia Lerner of Camp Hill, and Amanda Harvat of Marysville. The orchestra is conducted by Dr.
      Timothy Dixon of Messiah College.

      The Harrisburg Harp Orchestra is one of the nation's largest harp ensembles. The unique orchestra
      performs all original music arranged specifically for harp orchestra by Music Director Louis Lynch of
      Camp Hill.

      One of the world's oldest instruments, the harp is known for its beautiful, resonant tone. However, it
      also can produce a wide range of dynamic, percussive sounds. When playing in layers, multiple harps
      deliver a surprisingly rich sound, one that cannot be reproduced easily on a recording. The Harrisburg
      Harp Orchestra has become known worldwide for its innovative approach to developing music for
      multiple harps, and the orchestra's original sheet music is now sold to colleges and other harp
      orchestras throughout the country.

      The Harrisburg Harp Orchestra has performed locally throughout central Pennsylvania, including
      Kipona, Harrisburg Artsfest, the Italian Lake Concert Series, the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius,
      and other venues. Harp-Felt Christmas is the group’s largest concert production each year and it has
      consistently sold out Whitaker Center and other venues.

      Reserved seating tickets are $25.00 for adults and $17.50 for students and seniors. They are available
      from The Box, 717-214-ARTS, or www.whitakercenter.org. Discounts are available for groups of eight
      or more.

      Categories: Performing Arts

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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