December’s Festive Harp Rambling

‘Tis the season… for festive harp music.
I am so excited about two trios I will be playing with this month:
The Winter Trio (Shar, Ron Korb, Ben Grossman)
We will be the special guests with the Guelph Chamber Choir TODAY!! – Sunday December 4th.
HARP & HOLLY (Sandra Swannell, Terry Young & Shar)
I am thrilled to be part of this festive tour with Sandra and Terry
“Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) bring their annual concert celebration of Christmas to the Southern Ontario region. Audiences are drawn into an enchanted world of Christmas reverie by the group’s stirring arrangements of ancient carols, jubilant seasonal favourites and poignant storytelling.”
Join us for these special concerts of beauty and fun… and let your friends know!
Wishing you all warmth and gentleness,
Shar

Harp & Holly December concerts

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Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
Sandra Swannell, violin, viola, vocals
Terry Young, guitar, vocals

Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) bring their annual concert celebration of Christmas to the Southern Ontario region. Audiences are drawn into an enchanted world of Christmas reverie by the group’s  stirring arrangements of ancient carols, jubilant seasonal favourites and poignant storytelling.

Ontario CONCERT DATES:

Friday DECEMBER 9th at 7:30pm – OWEN SOUND
Central Westside United Church
310 10th Street West, Owen Sound, ON
TICKETS: $20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
Online tickets $20 + $1.50 processing fee.
Please print ticket upon email receipt and present at door.

Saturday DECEMBER 10th at 3:00pm – SAUBLE BEACH
Zion Amabel United Church
899 Main St, Sauble Beach, ON
TICKETS: $20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
For Advance tickets please contact Don Riddell 519-422-1060

Monday DECEMBER 12th at 7:30pm – GUELPH
Dublin Street United Church
68 Suffolk St. West, Guelph, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.
Advance tickets available from the church Office Administrator:
519-821-0610 ext 221 or dublin@bellnet.ca

Wednesday DECEMBER 14th at 7:30pm – CAMBRIDGE
St James Anglican Church, 520 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free – 519-658-4547

Sunday DECEMBER 18th at 7:30pm – OAKVILLE
St Johns United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville, ON
$20 available at the door. Children 12 and under free.

An enchanted world of Christmas reverie with stirring arrangements of ancient carols
jubilant seasonal favorites and poignant storytelling.
Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, violin, and voices create this tapestry of yuletide magic.

Who is Harp & Holly?!??

Harp & Holly weaves a tapestry of yuletide magic with their poetic blending of Celtic, New Age and Baroque sounds. Sharlene Wallace (harp), Sandra Swannell (violin, viola and vocal) and Terry Young (acoustic guitar and vocal) bring their annual concert celebration of Christmas to the Southern Ontario region. Audiences are drawn into an enchanted world of Christmas reverie by the group’s  stirring arrangements of ancient carols, jubilant seasonal favourites and poignant storytelling.

Sharlene Wallace is one of Canada’s most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists. Playing both Classical and lever harps has led Sharlene to many diverse musical influences and opportunities. Winner of two international competitions, the Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Lever Harp Competition (Tucson, Arizona) and the Concours d’Improvisation de Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique (Dinan, France), Sharlene has created 7 independent CDs, and tours internationally giving concerts, workshops, masterclasses and adjudications. Sharlene is on the music faculties of Wilfred Laurier University, University of Guelph and York University teaching both Classical and lever harps. Her own performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman, O.C.. Sharlene is Principal Harpist with the Guelph, Kingston, and Oakville Symphonies

Terry Young’s fingerstyle guitar wizardry  has astounded audiences across Canada, USA and Great Britain. BBC critic James Harrox calls his playing “virtuosic”, while FATEA magazine describes it as  “jaw dropping”. Terry tours extensively with the contemporary ragtime band “My Sweet Patootie” and is a Canadian Folk Music Award winner.  He teaches advanced fingerstyle guitar clinics and has written about his techniques for Chicago’s Plank Road Folk Music Society Magazine. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who toured for more than a decade with  the swashbuckling roots group “Tanglefoot”, performing on guitar, mandolin, banjo and whistle.  He is a classically trained tenor who holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Sandra Swannell is a violinist, violist and singer-songwriter from Woodford Ontario. Before joining the award winning Canadian roots group “Tanglefoot” in 2005, she was the principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony and fiddler with the Celtic art-rock band “The Shards”. Sandra has taught violin/ viola clinics for festivals, schools and community orchestras as well as in her own private studio.  Since 2009 most of her year is spent touring with “My Sweet Patootie”, performing in a vintage ragtime/swing style. She has a diverse musical life that ranges from writing a series of musical sketches for string orchestra to recording with Canada’s legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors.

HARP & HOLLY WEBSITE


December Shar Sightings in Ontario
Thurs, December 1 – York University Orchestra! –  TORONTO
Sat. December 3 – Candlelight Memorial Service: – OAKVILLE
Sun. December 4, 2:30pm – Guelph Chamber Choir – GUELPH
Fri. December 9, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – OWEN SOUND
Sat. December 10, 3pm – HARP & HOLLY – SAUBLE BEACH
Sunday December 11, 1:30pm & 4pm – Oakville Symphony Christmas Concert – OAKVILLE
Monday December 12, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – GUELPH
Tuesday December 13 – private function
Wednesday December 14 – private function
Wednesday December 14, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – Cambridge
Thursday December 15 – private function
Sunday December 18, 11-2 – Brunch at the King Eddy – TORONTO
Sunday December 18, 7:30pm – HARP & HOLLY – OAKVILLE
Tuesday & Wednesday December 20 & 21 at 7:30pm – Kingston Symphony – KINGSTON, ON
Thursday December 22 – private function
Saturday December 24 – Brunch & Dinner at the King Eddy
Saturday December 24, 11pm – Midnight Mass at Cathedral Basilica in Hamilton – Shar & Mate Szigeti, flute
Sunday December 25, 5-9pm – Christmas Dinner at the King Eddy

Harping & Rambling Through August

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photo by Jamie Thompson

This Coming Weekend
Harp Concert
at The Prune
in Stratford, Ontario
August 6th & 7th at 11am
Stratford Summer Music Festival –
HARP FESTIVAL
Contemporary Harp Concert & Brunch
1/2 hour solo harp concert by Sharlene
followed by a delicious Brunch!
at The Prune Restaurant
Stratford, Ontario

A Summer’s Eve CONCERT with
The Winter’s Eve Trio
August 8th at 8pm
Riverwood Concert Series
Mississauga Chamber Music
WETrio is
Sharlene Wallace, harp
Joseph Macerollo, accordion
George Koller, bass
at Macewan Barn,
Riverwood Conservancy
Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, Ontario
free admission / bring your own lawn chair!

Island Mountain Arts
International Harp School
August 15-19
Wells, BC
30th Anniversary of the IMA Harp School!!!
Beginner Novice: Caroline Mackay
Intermediate: Sharlene Wallace
Intermediate: Seumas Gagne
Advanced: Phamie Gow
Cello: Morag Northey

Another Harp Weekend
at The Prune
in Stratford, Ontario
August 27th & 28th at 11am
Stratford Summer Music Festival –
HARP FESTIVAL
Two Celtic Harps Concert & Brunch
1/2 hour Celtic harp duo concert
followed by a delicious Brunch!
Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
Julia Seager-Scott, Clarsach
at The Prune Restaurant
Stratford, Ontario
Call The Prune for reservations (limited seating)
519-271-5052

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