Fleurs, Flights and Frolicks

Summer. Sipping iced drinks on patios, hanging with friends, catching up on projects set aside, and preparing for my upcoming summer of workshop retreats and concerts in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. Wishing you all beauty for your summer, Shar

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Shar’s Workshop Retreats and Concerts:

July 19-25 – LAC MACDONALD, Quebec:
Celtic Week at CAMMAC
Including harp classes by Sharlene & fiddle classes by Laura Risk, a ceilidh, chamber music, choir, vocal technique, piano, and much more!

July 29th at 7pm – NAPANEE, ON
Music in the Garden: Solo Concert at MacPherson House
Solo Harp Concert by Sharlene
at MacPherson House 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

July 30th-31st – GLENGARRY, ON
Glengarry Highland Games – Tartan Ball & Workshop

August 17th-21st– WELLS, BC
Island Mountain Arts’ 29th Annual International Harp School
Harp Faculty: Sharlene Wallace, Kim Robertson, Brenda Dor-Groot,  Seumas Gagne

photo by Sharlene August 2014 - Wells, BC

photo by Sharlene August 2014 – Wells, BC


SHAR SIGHTINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!:

October 22nd at noon   – GUELPH, ON
Thursday at Noon Concerts: University of Guelph
Beyond the Waves with harp & bass
Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
George Koller, bass

December 13th at 3pm   – GUELPH, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra: A Holiday Celebration
including special guest Sharlene Wallace performing her composition Winter Frieze, orchestrated by Shelly Berger.

February 27th, 2016   – MISSISSAUGA, ON
Presented by Chamber Music Mississauga
Trio Concert with
Sharlene Wallace, harps
Joseph Macerollo, accordion
George Koller, bass


photos by Sharlene Wallace / Copyright © Sharlene Wallace 2015. All rights reserved.

Shar Rambling through Spring & Summer…

Parrot Tulip photo by Sharlene

As Spring struggles to take hold from our long Winter, I am rooted in the end of my orchestra seasons and the end of university terms … while workshop retreats and festivals wait to fill my Summer.

Snuggled into May, however, is a special concert in Toronto hosted by the Neighbourhood Concert Series NUUC. I will be performing May 3rd with the amazing George Koller on bass. (see below for details).

Watching the shoots spring forth from my garden,
Shar

Shar Spring & Summer Sightings:

April 25th, 7:30pm – KINGSTON, ON: Kingston Symphony Gala

May 2nd, 7:30pm – GUELPH, ON: Guelph Symphony

May 3rd, 2pm – TORONTO, ON: Duo Concert
Sharlene & George Koller (bass)

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Toronto CONCERT May 3rd!

NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCERT SERIES with Sharlene & George
– at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation
– 79 Hiawatha Road, Toronto
– (between Coxwell and Greenwood, half block south of Gerrard)
– Single Tickets: $15 Seniors/Artists/Children: $10
– For advance tickets and information: music@nuuc.ca.

May 9th, 8pm & 10th, 2pm – OAKVILLE, ON: Oakville Symphony

July 19-25 – LAC MACDONALD, Quebec:
– Workshop Retreat: CAMMAC

July 29th at 7pm – NAPANEE, ON
– Solo Concert at MacPherson House
– 180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee

July 30th-31st – GLENGARRY, ON
– Glengarry Highland Games – Tartan Ball & Workshop

August 17th-21st– WELLS, BC
– Workshop Retreat: Island Mountain Arts

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ISLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS International Harp School, Wells, BC (photo by Sharlene 2014)


SUMMER WORKSHOPS:

July 19-25 CAMMAC
August 17-21 Island Mountain Arts

Parrot Tulip photo and Wells’ Harps 2014 photo by Sharlene Wallace
Copyright © Sharlene Wallace 2015. All rights reserved.

Rambling Rapids & Dates

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rapids in Perth, ON, photo by Sharlene)

2014
September 21 – orchestra:
Niagara Symphony (St Catherines, ON)
September 28
 – orchestra:
Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
October 4 – orchestra:
Stratford Symphony (Stratford, ON)
October 18 – orchestra:
Georgian Bay Symphony (Owen Sound, ON)
October 25 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
October 28 & 29 – chamber concert:
Talisker Players, 8pm at Trinity St Paul’s ( Toronto, ON)
November 1, 2 – orchestra:
Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
November 14 SOLO CONCERT:
(Kingston, ON) Music West is pleased to present
Harpist Sharlene Wallace
in a toe-tapping and lyrical performance of Celtic,
South American, Classical and original works.
Friday November 14 at 7:30 pm
at St. Andrew’s By-the-Lake United Church
1 Redden St, Kingston
tickets and information: 613-389-8082
$15 regular admission
$12 senior/student, $7.50 under 13
Music West season’s tickets (4 concerts) also available

November 22 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony KinderConcert (Guelph, ON)
November 29 – choir concert 8pm:
with University of Guelph Choir (Guelph, ON)
November 30 – CHOIR CONCERT 3pm:
with Guelph Chamber Choir & The Winter’s Eve Trio:
George Koller (bass)
Joe Macerollo (accordion)
& Sharlene (harp)
at St George’s Church, Guelph, ON

December 4 – SOLO Celtic & Seasonal CONCERT:
Port Credit Library of Mississauga
at the mouth of the Credit River (Mississauga, ON)

December 5 – orchestra:
Hamilton Ballet Nutcracker (Burlington, ON)
December 7 – orchestra:
Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 14 – orchestra:
Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
December 16, 17 – orchestra:
Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 21 – CONCERT:
The International Diva Series!
produced by George Koller
with Rita Chiarelli
Maryem Hassan Toller
The Ault Sisters
Sharlene Wallace
Lara Solnicki
Hisaka
at Trinity-St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON

2015
January 1 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
February 14 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
March 1 – orchestra:
Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
March 29 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
April ?? – WORKSHOP & CONCERT
weekend at The Perth Manor (Perth, ON)
May 2 – orchestra:
Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
May 3 – DUO CONCERT 2pm
Sharlene & George Koller (bass)
at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Toronto, ON
May 9, 10 – orchestra:
Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)

SUMMER WORKSHOPS:
July 19-25 CAMMAC
August 17-21 Island Mountain Arts

photos by Sharlene Wallace
Copyright © Sharlene Wallace 2014. All rights reserved.

Shar’s Summer Harp Rambling

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Icebergs, whales, highland pipes and harp players…
Summer greetings from Coast to Coast,
I began my summer in St. John’s, Newfoundland playing in an opera production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream while witnessing daily iceberg sightings and the random flipping of a whale tail.
During July I had a wonderful week teaching a fantastic harp class at CAMMAC in the Quebec Laurentian’s followed by playing & workshopping at the kilt flinging Glengarry Highland Games.
A few days home and I was on my way to the lovely and quaint town of Rosebud, Alberta to give a workshop and concert before a week in Wells, British Columbia where I taught the Beginner Harp Class and co-taught the Singing & Harping Ensemble Class.
From the cliffs of St. John’s to the mountains of Quebec and British Columbia, I am deeply fortunate to have these opportunities to play and teach the harp across such a diverse and spectacular landscape.
And yes, standing on the cliff at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the furthest most eastern tip of North America, I stood in awe watching a whale frolic with icebergs flanking my vision.
Adventurous Greetings, Sharlene

Beauty of the Bergs…

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St. John’s, Newfoundland

 

 

 

 

 

I took this photo from Signal Hill in St. John’s. The icebergs were breathtaking and profound, with and without the full moon smiling upon them! more photos from my travels

ALBERTA Workshop & Concert Saturday August 9th in Rosebud, Alberta!
I was delighted give a workshop just outside Calgary in Rosebud, Alberta. Following the workshop I gave a concert with a special guest, Calgary based singer-songwriter SORA. I have had the honour of playing on a few of Sora’s recording projects and performed with her in Toronto, so I was thrilled to perform with her in her home province! The concert programme included original harp compositions, Celtic tunes and myth-inspired songs written by Sora.
As we drove into Rosebud, a rainbow doubled itself arching over this beauty town.

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Rosebud, Alberta

 

 

 

 

 

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Wells, BC

Fall and Beyond Sightings of Shar…
The following is some of my upcoming schedule, as I know it, including a very special concert with George Koller on bass and Joe Macerollo on accordion with the Guelph Chamber Choir! This will be a very unique and surprising winter-themed concert which will include excerpts from The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.

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2014
September 28th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
October 4th – orchestra: Stratford Symphony (Stratford, ON)
October 25th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
October 28th & 29th – chamber concert: Talisker Players, 8pm at Trinity St Paul’s ( Toronto, ON)
November 1st, 2nd – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
November 14th – SOLO CONCERT:  (Kingston, ON) Music West is pleased to present Harpist Sharlene Wallace in a toe-tapping and lyrical performance of Celtic, South American, Classical and original works. / Friday November 14 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s By-the-Lake United Church, 1 Redden St, Kingston / tickets and information:   613-389-8082 (9am -noon weekdays after Labour Day) / $15 regular admission, $12 senior/student, $7.50 under 13 / Music West season’s tickets (4 concerts) also available
November 22nd – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
November 24th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony private (Oakville, ON)
November 30th – CHOIR CONCERT 3pm – with Guelph Chamber Choir, George Koller (bass) & Joe Macerollo (accordion) (St George’s Church, Guelph, ON)
December 4th – SOLO Celtic & Seasonal CONCERT: (Mississauga, ON)
December 7th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 14th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)
December 16th, 17th – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
December 21st – CONCERT: The Diva Series! produced by George Koller – Trinity – St Paul’s Church (Toronto, ON)
2015
January 1st – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
February 14th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
March 1st – orchestra: Kingston Symphony (Kingston, ON)
March 29th – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
April ?? – WORKSHOP & CONCERT weekend at The Perth Manor (Perth, ON)
May 2nd – orchestra: Guelph Symphony (Guelph, ON)
May 3rd – DUO CONCERT 2pm Sharlene & George Koller (bass) at Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Toronto, ON)
May 9th, 10th – orchestra: Oakville Symphony (Oakville, ON)

photos by Sharlene Wallace
Copyright © Sharlene Wallace 2014. All rights reserved.

Spring back…

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Spring photo by Sharlene

Spring arrived gently… but summer harp concerts have since been flying!! Here are a few photos from those that have happened, and an updated list of those to come! It has been wonderful and meaningful to see some of you at these events. Sending beauty greetings to you all, and I love hearing from you! Sharlene

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set up for CBC’s Youtube video
“A Musical History of Death”
photo by Sharlene

Summer Shar Sightings:
June 19-21 – Opera on the Avalon (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), St. John’s, Newfoundland
July 20-27 – CAMMAC, Lac MacDonald, Quebec
August 1-2 – Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario
August 9th – Rosebud, Alberta – CONCERT & WORKSHOP
August 11-15 – Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC

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St. John’s, Newfoundland – photo by Sharlene

Acacia Street performance with orchestra.

GSO March 2014

Sunday March 30th at 3pm

Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Judith Yan, conductor
at the River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
SHARLENE WALLACE – Acacia Street (featuring Sharlene Wallace , harp)
JOHN BURGE – Flanders Fields Reflections: Loved and Were Loved
PAUL DUKAS – Villanelle (featuring GSO horn player Tony Snyder)
GUSTAV MAHLER – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART – Symphony No 40 in G minor

programme notes

listen to a version of Acacia Street from Sharlene’s CD Beyond the Waves

Almost-Spring Ramblings

SNOW still carpets our gardens and the air is desperately holding onto its chill. Nevertheless, I heard the promise of Spring in a robin’s song last week. (not pictured here… the sparrow in the photo has been muttering sweet nothings all winter!!)

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With Spring comes many harp happenings, including an orchestral performance of my composition Acacia Street

Below is my Spring collection of concerts and Summer workshops.

Warm thoughts watching gentle snowflakes float onto Spring,
Sharlene

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MARCH CONCERT:

Sunday March 30th at 3pm – GUELPH, Ontario
Harp & Orchestra
River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street
I will be performing my composition Acacia Street (orchestrated by Jim McGrath) with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Also on the programme will be pieces by Mozart, Burge, Dukas (GSO horn soloist Tony Snyder) and Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (one of the harp repertoire’s most beautiful orchestral excerpts).

APRIL CONCERTS:

April 3rd, Thursday at 7:30pm – KINGSTON, Ontario
‘Flute Choir’ & Harp Concert
at Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church
200 Norman Rogers Drive, Kingston
Adults $15, students/seniors $10
An evening of music for flute choir, Flutissimo… and harp!
Flutissimo is directed by a friend and Kingston Symphony colleague, Anne Palmer.

April 6th, Sunday at 2pm – PERTH, Ontario
Music at the Manor Concert Series: In a Manor of Harp Part 2!
at Perth Manor
23 Drummond Street West, Perth
613-264-0050
My Kingston Symphony clarinet colleagues and friends Gordon and Linda own Perth Manor… a beautiful boutique inn, and host a concert series at the Manor which I opened for last year. I return again this year for more fun and harp playing in a lovely intimate setting.
And… if you need a place to stay… Perth Manor is perfect!
Tickets $35 + HST Includes a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres at the post-concert reception!
Seating is limited.

Perth
(Perth Manor 2013 ready for the harp concert)

April 13th, Sunday at 3pm – UXBRIDGE, Ontario
Uxbridge Chamber Choir
with
Beverley Johnston, percussion
Sharlene, harp
Christopher Dawes, organ
Palms & Psalms Concert for Palm Sunday
at Trinity United Church
20 First Avenue, Uxbridge, Ontario
One of my favourite choral pieces to play in is Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms for choir, harp, organ and percussion. SO fun!
Adults $20 Students/Seniors $15

April 18th, Friday at 7pm – Belleville, Ontario
An Ecumenical Choir Performance
at Bridge Street United Church
60 Bridge Street East, Belleville, Ontario
And… another beauty choral piece I am honoured to have an opportunity to play in is John Rutter’s Requiem.
free will offering

April 26th, Saturday at 7:30pm – Guelph, Ontario
Guelph Symphony Orchestra‘s final concert of the season!

CAMMAC
(CAMMAC 2013)

SUMMER WORKSHOPS WHERE I WILL BE TEACHING:

July 20-27 – CAMMAC, Lac MacDonald, Quebec
August 1-2 – Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario
August 9th – Calgary, Alberta – CONCERT & WORKSHOP
August 11-15 – Island Mountain Arts, Wells, BC

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(the meadow in Wells, BC)