Summer Harp Ramblings

Harp Concerts and Workshop Retreats abound…

This summer, I am honoured to be participating in numerous concerts presented by Mississauga Chamber Music:
   . a solo lunchtime concert for the Out & About Concert Series this coming Thursday!!
   . numerous Artfull Wellness Concerts

   . Summer Concert Series at Riverwood Conservancy (harp, accordion, & bass!!
. Young Audience Programming of Our Night Sky (in the Fall)

 The exciting Musical Brunch Series, hosted by the Prune Restaurant in Stratford, Ontario, is featuring the harp for 6 weekends during Stratford Summer Music Festival.
Clarsach, Contemporary/Classical harp, Baroque harp, Paraguayan harp, Senegalese harps and a Celtic harp duo will each play a weekend 1/2 hour concert accompanying a three-course luncheon. Call The Prune for reservations 519-271-5052.
I will be playing for two of these weekend brunches.
I am happy to be returning to Quebec to teach for a week-long harp workshop retreat in the Laurentians during CAMMAC’s Week 4 CELTIC WEEK! Harps, fiddles, singing, dancing, chamber music, piano playing… and more!
This year is the 30th Anniversary of the Island Mountain Arts International Harp School. The Celtic harp faculty will be yours truly, Phamie Gow, Seumas Gagne, Caroline Mackay and Morag Northey will be teaching cello!
And I continue to play through July for the Sunday Brunches at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto. Enjoying this so much!
 The list below outlines some of my harp frolickings for the next few months… and beyond.
Wishing you all gentle summer adventures,

Sharlene

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Vancouver, BC – photo by Sharlene (August 2015)
June 23rd, 1pm – THIS WEEK!!! – MISSISSAUGA, ON
Out & About Concert Series – solo harp CONCERT
presented by Mississauga Chamber Music
Frank Mckechnie Library
310 Bristol Rd E, Mississauga, ON
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June 25 – ANCASTER, ON
CONCERT
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July 17-23 – LAC MACDONALD, QC
CAMMAC
Celtic Week 4 is filled with harp, fiddle,
voice, chamber music, and piano classes, concerts, and more.
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August 6th & 7th, 11am – STRATFORD, ON
Stratford Summer Music Festival – HARP FESTIVAL
11am – Contemporary Harp Concert & Brunch!
solo harp concert by Sharlene
519.271.5052
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August 8th, 8pm – MISSISSAUGA, ON
Summer’s Eve CONCERT with the
Winter’s Eve Trio:
Sharlene, harps
Joe Macerollo, accordion
George Koller, bass
at Macewan Barn, Riverwood Conservancy
free admission / bring your own lawn chair!
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August 15-19 – WELLS, BC
30th Anniversary of the IMA Harp School!!
Intermediate: Sharlene Wallace
Intermediate: Seumas Gagne
Advanced: Phamie Gow
Join us in Wells for the 30th Anniversary of the Island Mountain Harp School!
There will be an incredible line up of instructors coming from all around the world
including Canada, USA and Scotland.
August 27th & 28th, 11am – STRATFORD, ON
Stratford Summer Music Festival – HARP FESTIVAL
Two Celtic Harps Concert & Brunch!
Celtic harp duo concert
Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
& Julia Seager-Scott, Clarsach

Winter’s Eve Trio in concert…!

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photo by Stuart Lowe – (2014) International Divas Concert

Saturday February 27, 8pm: MISSISSAUGA, ON
CONCERT
Chamber Music Society of Mississauga
Winter’s Eve Trio:
Sharlene, harp
George Koller, bass
Joe Macerollo, accordion
at The Great Hall of The Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga
84 South Service Road, just East of Hwy 10
Music by Cesar Franck, John Cage, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Sharlene Wallace and more…
info & to buy tickets!

2016 Shar’s Harp Ramblings

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photo by Sharlene: Christmas Day dinner at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto

January 1 – GUELPH, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Day concert

January 16 – KINGSTON, ON
Kingston Symphony Orchestra

January 29 – TORONTO, ON
beToronto Concert Series
Soaring Harp Trio (Sharlene, Lori Gemmell, Julia Seager-Scott)

February 6 – PETERBOROUGH, ON
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra

February 14 – GUELPH, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra

Saturday February 27, 8pm: MISSISSAUGA, ON
CONCERT
Chamber Music Society of Miississauga
Winter’s Eve Trio:
Sharlene, harp
George Koller, bass
Joe Macerollo, accordion
at The Great Hall of The Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga
84 South Service Road, just East of Hwy 10
info 

February 28 – OAKVILLE, ON
Oakville Symphony Orchestra

March 15, 16 – MISSISSAUGA, ON
CHAMBER MUSIC FAMILY CONCERT
Chamber Music Mississauga
Our Night Sky
at Sampradta Dance Company,
5-3250 Ridgeway Dr
Mississauga, ON

April 2, 3 – KINGSTON, ON
Kingston Symphony Orchestra

April 9, 10 – OAKVILLE, ON
Oakville Symphony Orchestra

April 10 – GUELPH, ON
Solo Harp Concert at SILENCE GUELPH
for the SHIFT Series
7:30pm – $15 or PWYC
info

April 17 – KINGSTON, ON
Kingston Symphony Orchestra

April 30 – GUELPH, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra

May 14, 15 – OAKVILLE, ON
Oakville Symphony Orchestra

June 25 – HAMILTON, ON
CONCERT

July 17-23 – LAC MACDONALD, QC
CAMMAC Harp workshop/retreat during Celtic week!
info 

August 6 & 7 – STRATFORD, ON
Stratford Summer Music Festival – HARP FESTIVAL
11am – Contemporary Harp Concert & Brunch!
solo concert by Sharlene Wallace
at The Prune Restaurant

August 15-19 – WELLS, BC
Island Mountain Arts International Harp School
info

August 27 & 28 – STRATFORD, ON
Stratford Summer Music Festival – HARP FESTIVAL
11am – Two Celtic Harps’ Concert & Brunch!
Two Celtic Harps Duo: SHarlene Wallace & Julia Seager-Scott
at The Prune Restaurant

Festive Harp Ramblings

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photo by Sharlene
Shar’s Festive Concerts & a NEW CD.
Yes… a new CD!!!!!
In Night’s Deep Silence
Christmas & Winter music with a spacious, peaceful vibe.
Myself on Celtic harp and George Koller on bass.
… stay tuned for the release date. (soon!)
AND…
Three Christmas concerts done… eight to go!!
Below, you will find my next festive concerts and more!
NOTE two concerts with Grammy nominee, Ron Korb in Ajax and Oakville.
Wishing you beauty and gentleness this season,
Shar

DEC 9:15 XMAS concert
TORONTO, ON – December 9
Montage Music’s Holiday Concert
Wednesday December 9th at 8pm
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave, Yorkville, Toronto, ON
A festive evening of holiday favourites, classical gems, jazz standards, Celtic music and more featuring a sparkling collaboration of musicians including: Melanie Conly (soprano), Jordan Klapman (piano), Bill Bridges (guitar), Lew Mele (bass), Greg Millar (piano), Laura Nashman (flute), & Sharlene Wallace (harp).


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photo by Jamie Thompson
GUELPH, ON – December 13, 3pm
Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Celebration
guest artist, Sharlene
Sunday December 13th at 3pm
River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Celebration!
Back by popular demand, the GSO will perform live, to a screening of Raymond Brigg’s animated classic, “The Snowman”, as part of our December 13th Holiday Celebration Concert! This heart-warming animated Christmas film has been a beloved staple of family holiday entertainment for nearly 30 years and will feature boy soprano Simion Antoniu Ciobanu singing “Walking in the Air”, live with the film. The program also includes scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, your favourite carols, harpist Sharlene Wallace and the Millennium Choir.

GSO info click here


 

KINGSTON, ON – December 15,16
Kingston Symphony
Candlelight Christmas
Sunday December 15th & 16th at 7:30pm
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

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Shar & Ron

photo by Jade Yeh
Sharlene, harps
& Grammy nominated Ron Korb!!!, flutes

in concert
Music for a Winter’s Eve
December 18th – Ajax, ON
December 19th – Oakville, ON
Beautiful Christmas, Celtic and Original Music for Flutes and Harps.
Friday December 18th at 7:30pm
Pickering Village United Church
300 Church St North, Ajax, ON
Saturday December 19th at 7:30pm
Maple Grove United Church
346 Maple Grove Drive , Oakville, ON
$20 in advance / $25 at the door / under 12 free

photo by Jade Yeh
Ron Korb, Grammy nominee!!, is an internationally renowned flutist and composer with thirty solo releases in over twenty countries.  After graduating from University of Toronto with a degree in music performance, he travelled the globe for years studying and collecting world flutes. Ron’s talent has been employed in dozens of films by award-winning directors and composers. In 2014 Ron represented Canada along with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Montreal Symphony at the China Shanghai International Arts Festival. Ron’s sold out concert was voted the audience choice by the fans. In 2015, Ron released his new album, Asia Beauty, with all original compositions based on his 13-year experiences of travelling and performing in Asia. Asia Beauty has been nominated for a Grammy Award (Best New Age album) won Gold Medal-Best of Show” at the Global Music Awards as well as awards for “Best Instrumental Solo Performance” and “Best Album Design”. It also won “Best Instrumental Album” and “Best Instrumental Song” at the Akademia Awards. Asia Beauty is the official entry for the 58th Grammy Awards.
Ron & Shar have been talking about giving a concert together for many years… actually, since they first met in university!! Sharlene has played harp on a few of Ron’s CDs, including Asia Beauty, but they are excited about playing together their original music as well as festive and Celtic music. A Classical harp and Celtic harp will be played as well as Classical flute and numerous indigenous native and Asian flutes!! These will be special and memorable concerts in Ajax and Oakville.

TORONTO, ON – December 21

Solstice Service
Monday December 21st at 7pm
First Unitarian Church
175 St. Clair Ave West, Toronto, ON

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TORONTO, ON – December 22
In Night’s Deep Silence CD Launch!!
Tuesday December 22nd at 7:30pm
Boxcar Social – Riverside
4 Boulton Avenue, Toronto, ON
(2 streets east of Broadview Ave, just north of Queen St E)
The evening will be social, festive & celebratory with a wee performance by Sharlene & George Koller (bass) around 8pm plus yummy food and beverages purchaseable from Boxcar Social.

Guelph, ON

photo by Sharlene
Guelph, ON – January 1
Guelph Symphony Orchestra – New Year’s Day in Vienna
Friday January 1st at 3pm

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON

GSO


 

photo by Sharlene

King Edward Hotel, Toronto, ON

Brunch & Holiday Dinners!
I will be playing at the King Edy (background music during brunch/dinner) on the following dates:
Sunday December 20th: 11-2pm
Thursday December 24th: 5-8
Friday December 25th: 5-9pm
Sunday December 27th: 11-2

Shar’s Fall Harp Rambling

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Vancouver, BC – August 2015 – photo by Sharlene
pumpkins.   already!
snow.   trees baring their branches.
harp hands busy here.
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And wee bits of news to share with you about a concert this Thursday, upcoming Christmas concerts and Sunday Brunches!
o This coming Thursday George Koller and I will be giving a one hour, free, noontime concert at the University of Guelph.  (see below)
o An interview & performance of Acacia Street on Rogers TV Inside Guelph: click here!
o Not one, but TWO Music for a Winter’s Eve CHRISTMAS CONCERTS!! Flutist Ron Korb and I will be giving good cheer and music in AJAX and OAKVILLE on December 18th & 19th. Ron plays many ethnic indigenous woodwind instruments as well as Classical flute. (see below)
o Also in the spirit of the Holiday Season, I am honoured to be performing my composition Winter Frieze with the Guelph Symphony on December 13th, orchestration by Shelly Berger. (see below)
o And finally, I am thrilled to announce that I am now playing pedal harp every Sunday at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto for their Sunday Brunch from 11am until 2pm. (every Sunday, that is, except those I have other concerts on!!!) The brunch is delicious. And the harp entertainment… well… 
Hope to see you soon, Sharlene.

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October 22nd at 12:10pm – GUELPH, ON
Beyond the Waves
Sharlene, Celtic harp
George Koller, bass
TAN Thursday at Noon Concert Series at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
Mackinnon Room 107 (Goldschmidt Room)
Free concert – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone welcome.

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November 29th, 2:30pm – GUELPH, ON
St. George’s Anglican Church, Guelph, ON
Guelph Chamber Choir
Gerald Neufeld, Conductor
Madawaska Quartet
Sharlene Wallace, Harp
Chris Dawes, Organ
Carols for Christmas will feature a string quintet and harpist accompanying Saint-Saens’ beautiful Christmas Oratorio. This concert includes readings and poetry about Christmas and winter as well as audience participation in the singing of familiar carols.

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photo by Jamie Thompson
December 13th, 3pm – GUELPH, ON
Guelph Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate Christmas with music by the Baroque masters Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel, the exciting battle and snow scenes from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and our popular traditional Carol Sing-a-long.
Also on the programme is a screening of Raymond Brigg’s animated classic, “The Snowman”, featuring boy soprano Simion Antoniu Ciobanu.
Special guests include: GSO Harpist Sharlene Wallace.

 

 

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TWO CHRISTMAS CONCERTS!!
December 18th & 19th, 7:30pm – Ajax & Oakville, ON
Sharlene, Celtic & Classical  harps
Ron Korb, Celtic, Asian, Classical flutes
– Friday December 18th
Pickering Village United Church
300 Church St. North, Ajax, ON
– Saturday December 19th
Maple Grove United Church
346 Maple Grove Drive, Oakville, ON

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Sunset Theatre, Wells, BC – August 2015 photo by Sharlene
Shar’s Fall Performing Schedule:
2015
October 22nd, 12:10pm: TAN Concert Series, University of Guelph – harp & bass (George Koller)
October 24th, 7:30pm: Guelph Symphony Gala Concert
November 7th, 8th: Oakville Symphony Concerts
November 29th, 2:30pm: Guelph Chamber Choir
December 5th: Hamilton City Ballet – Nutcracker
December 13th: Guelph Symphony Concert – guest soloist
December 15th & 16th: Kingston Symphony Concerts
December 18th & 19th: Christmas Concerts – harp & flute (Ron Korb)
December 24th: Midnight Mass – harp & flute (Máté Szigeti)
2016
January 1st: Guelph Symphony
January 16th: Kingston Symphony
January 31st: Kingston Symphony
February 14th: Guelph Symphony
February 27th: Mississauga Chamber Concert – harp, bass (George Koller) & accordion (Joe Macerollo) – Great Hall, Mississauga Unitarian Church
February 28th: Oakville Symphony

Midsummer Harp Merriment

CAMMAC 2015
CAMMAC 2015
I am freshly returned from an amazing and fun week at CAMMAC in the Laurentians teaching a wonderful group of harpers and playing with incredible and fun faculty including soprano Geneviève Proulx, pianist Geneviève Jalbert, fiddle player Laura Risk and singer-songwriter Linda Morrison.
And… this week you will find me giving a concert in Napanee and playing at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville before heading off to the Cariboo Mountains to teach with Kim Robertson, Seumas Gagne and Brenda Dor-Groot. (for details, keep on scrolling!)
Merry Midsummer, Sharlene

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July 29th at 7pm – NAPANEE, ON
Music in the Garden: solo harp concert
Sharlene, pedal & Celtic harps
at MacPherson House
180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON

Wallace Tartan

July 30th-31st – MAXVILLE, ON
Glengarry Highland Games
Tartan Ball – July 30th
Harp Workshop – July 31st, 11:00-12:30pm

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

August 31st at 8pm – MISSISSAUGA, ON
Our Night Sky
presented by Riverwood Conservancy & City of Mississauga
created and performed by Chamber Music Society of Mississauga
Young Audience Programming
free concert – bring your lawn chairs
at Riverwood Barn, Riverwood Conservancy, Mississauga ON

The Riverwood Conservancy and the City of Mississauga are pleased to present: “Our Night Sky”, a new show for young audiences of all ages, created and performed by the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga (CMSM). This free admission, Preview Performance, is scheduled for Monday, August 31, rain or shine, beginning at 8 pm in the Riverwood Barn. Bring your own lawn chairs.
Inspired by the night sky above us all, “Our Night Sky” is a 50 minute show of storytelling and music. In “Our Night Sky”, the narrator, who falls asleep under the night sky at her grandmother’s farm, tells the story of a young girl exploring the night sky in her dreams as she remembers the stories from all over the world, that her grandmother told her. This story is accompanied by a CMSM chamber ensemble.
The musical score has been created by Mississauga composer, Michael Coghlan and the story that it accompanies has been created by a collaborative team of CMSM’s Artistic Director, Peggy Hills, working with Randy Attwood of the Royal Astronomical Society of Mississauga, Angela Fusco, actor, Trish O’Reilly, actor. The performing musicians will be Ben Bolt Martin, cello; Peggy Hills, violin; Kim Norris, Chinese and western flute; Richard Moore, percussion; Sharlene Wallace, harp; Barbara Croall, First Nations cedar flute; Subhadra Vijaykumar, carnatic violin; Eileen Keown, piano; Michael Coghlan, synthesizer; and Denis Mastromonaco, conductor.
CMSM is proud to introduce the narrator for “Our Night Sky”, 13 year old Camille Labonté, singer, actor, guitarist, flute player and pianist, a member of the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra and former member of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Mississauga Children’s Choir.
Viewing of the real night sky with telescopes will follow this performance on the Chappell lawn. Special thanks to Randy Attwood of the Royal Astronomical Society for arranging this.
INFO
Riverwood Barn


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


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