Almost-Spring Ramblings 2015

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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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.

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(Perth Manor 2013 ready for the harp concert)

April 13th, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 Saturday at 7:30pm – Guelph, Ontario
Guelph Symphony Orchestra‘s final concert of the season!

CAMMAC
(CAMMAC 2013)

2015 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)

Shar’s Rambling Concerts November into January

November 2nd Saturday 8pm: SORA & SHAR CONCERT
CONCERT
– TORONTO, ON
with Sora (singer songwriter from Calgary)
at Musideum
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
416-599-7323
info@musideum.com

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(Sharlene & Sora)

November 3rd Sunday: HOUSE CONCERT & WORKSHOP
evening house concert
– GODERICH, ON
(SOLD OUT! waiting list only)
Harp workshops in the morning/afternoon.

November 9th Sunday 6:30pm: GALA CONCERT
Ottawa Choral Society Gala Concert with Tom Allen and the Bohemians in Brooklyn
The Commons Theatre, Algonquin College Campus
– OTTAWA, ON

November 10th Sunday: HOUSE CONCERT
house concert – and evening with Sharlene and  Acacia Lyra Harp Duo
– OTTAWA, ON

November 23rd Saturday 9:30, 10:30, 11:30: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony KinderConcert – Jack and the Beanstalk
Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre
– GUELPH, ON

November 30th Saturday 8pm: ORCHESTRA & CHOIR
Masterworks of Oakville – performing Rutter, Magnificat
– OAKVILLE, ON

December 1st 3pm: HARP & CHOIR
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for harp and choir
with the Monday Morning Singers!
– UXBRIDGE, ON

December 3rd Tuesday 8pm: ORCHESTRA & CHOIR
Masterworks of Oakville – performing Rutter, Magnificat
– TORONTO, ON

December 8th Sunday 3pm: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony Holiday Classics
– GUELPH, ON

December 15th Sunday 1:30, 4:30: ORCHESTRA
Oakville Symphony Family Christmas
– OAKVILLE, ON

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(OSO December 2012)

December 17th, 18th Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm: ORCHESTRA
Kingston Symphony Candlelight Christmas
– KINGSTON, ON

December 24th Tuesday 11pm: MIDNIGHT MASS SERVICE
Midnight Mass service at Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
– HAMILTON, ON
Sharlene, harp
Máté Szigeti, flute

JANUARY 1st Wednesday 3pm: ORCHESTRA
Guelph Symphony – Vienna, City of My Dreams
– GUELPH, ON

January 24th Friday: CELTIC HARP CONCERT
Sharlene, Celtic harp concert
– GUELPH, ON

New CD Announcement! and Other Ramblings

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Sharlene Wallace & Kim Robertson, acclaimed Canadian and American harpists, have just launched an exciting new CD of high-spirited and soulful duets including contemporary and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland, France, South America and Canada.

Sharlene & Kim first met at a harp retreat (Island Mountain Arts) in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. Throughout the ensuing years they have crossed paths and borders to perform together at festivals and concerts in the U.S., Canada and France.

Q&A is their first CD together and celebrates their friendship and mutual enthusiasm for the Celtic harp.

Q&A is a recording of beautiful airs, frolicky jigs and reels, a spicy piece by their friend and colleague Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and a dreamy habanera written by Sharlene.

http://www.CelticHarpDuo.com

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Hello my rambling followers! Finally!!!!!!! I have a new CD to share with you. I am so excited by this collaboration with my friend Kim Robertson. What’s better than one harp?! (besides accordion, of course!) Yes… two harps!!! The title, Q&A, is named for the conversations we have talking and playing together. Kim and I have already had the privilege of performing from our CD at The Harp Gathering in Ohio and at the Celtic Roots College and Festival in Goderich this past summer. And… it is now available to you through:

CDBaby – the real thing, an actual CD!, or digital downloads

itunes – digital downloads

harp@sharlenewallace.com – the real thing, an actual CD!!, available directly through me

I am thrilled to have this beauty new CD to share as I step into September and another full season of teaching and orchestral playing and… a few other special concerts:

October 3rd Thursday: CONCERT in GUELPH, ON: Sharlene & Shannon
214 Woolwich St.
(519) 821-3359
admin@artisanale.ca
Sharlene (harp) and Shannon Kingsbury (vocalist and harp player)
at Artisanale dinner and harp concert! Check back here for updated details!

November 2nd Saturday: CONCERT in TORONTO, ON – with Sora (singer songwriter from Calgary)
at Musideum
401 Richmond Street West
Toronto
416-599-7323
info@musideum.com

November 3rd Sunday: evening house concert in Goderich, ON (SOLD OUT! waiting list only) & harp workshop in the morning/afternoon.

December 1st: Britten’s Ceremony of Carols for harp and choir in Uxbridge, ON with the Monday Morning Singers!

Wishing you all
a gentle Fall,
Sharlene

Rambling Summer Reflections…

In concluding an incredibly busy winter and spring,  I was privileged this summer to teach and play in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. I was also thrilled and honoured to be part of a concert at the Ottawa Chamber Festival celebrating my Classical harp teacher Judy Loman. I was joined in concert by my friends and harp colleagues Lori Gemmell, Jennifer Swartz and Julia Seager-Scott as well as being commissioned to write a piece for the five of us to play. What a fun… and diverse concert! Judy, Lori and Jennifer performed on pedal harps, I was on Celtic harp and Julia played her beautiful Baroque (triple strung!!) harp.

Ottawa, ON:
Ottawa Chamber Festival (July 28)

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photo by Sharlene

Goderich, ON:
What a fun and busy week playing and teaching at the Celtic Roots College and Festival with Kim Robertson! (August 5-11) Thank you Eleanor and Warren for inviting our harp duo again to be part of the week!

Goderich 2013 photo by Philip Main
Sharlene and Kim Robertson
photo by Phil Main

Celtic Festival 2013
photo by Sharlene

Wells, BC:
A week teaching and performing with harpists Sunita Staneslow and Alys Howe in the Cariboo Mountains for the Island Mountain Arts International Harp School. Our faculty concert included Keith Bennett on harmonica and Diamond Tooth Molly on ukulele. Now that was carzy fun! A harp quartet and uke!

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Harp (and Uke) Concert at the Sunset Theatre, Wells
photo by IMA

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Sunset Theatre, Wells
photo by Sharlene

Harp concerts in Wells
at The Bear’s Paw, Wells
photo by Sharlene

Willow River, Wells
Willow River, Wells
photo by Sharlene

Summer Harp Ramblette 2013

 

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(photo taken during CAMMAC harp retreat at Lac MacDonald, Quebec July 2013 – such a wonderful week with fifteen harps… okay, the tornado wasn’t so wonderful… and neither was the hideous humidity, come to think of it… but what a wonderful group of harp players and harp playing and concerts and… chocolates!)
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Ottawa Chamber Festival: Harp Concert Sunday July 28th at 11am

National Treasure Spotlight: Judy Loman
Canadian virtuoso and master pedagogue, harpist Judy Loman, is recognized internationally for her enormous contribution to continuing advances in harp playing and repertoire. This celebratory program also features frequent vocal collaborator Eleanor James and former students Jennifer Swartz, Lori Gemmell, Julie Seager-Scott, and Sharlene Wallace.

Sunday July 28th at 11am
Sacred Space at Beechwood, The National Cemetery of Canada
280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
613-234-6306
INFORMATION
TICKETS
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Goderich Celtic Roots Festival: August 5-11
Celtic College August 5-9
Celtic Roots Festival August 9-11

Sharlene and Kim Robertson will be teaching harp during the Celtic College August 5-9 and performing together at the Festival:
Friday August 9th at 3:45pm on the Mainstage ll
Saturday August 10th at 6:45pm on the Mainstage l

in Goderich, Ontario
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Island Mountain Arts International Harp School: August 12-16
Teachers: Sunita Staneslow, Alys Howe, Sharlene Wallace
Wells, British Columbia
INFORMATION

Spring Harp Ramble

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Spring Greetings and a Ramble…

Such frolicking happening in the garden. Crocuses, daffodils, trilliums, hellebore… all rather enthusiastic! It’s nice to have bits of gentle beauty to notice after a winter that has kept me wonderfully and intensely focused and busy with many orchestral and solo/duo concerts. This included a few weeks on Vancouver Island giving concerts and teaching. You can see some of the ocean beauty on my Listening to the Inbetween photoblog.
And now my Spring will be sporting orchestral, choral and duo concerts as well as a harp festival. Spring wishes and I hope to see you soon, Shar

Upcoming Concerts & Shar Sightings:

Kingston Symphony Orchestra
April 27th, 8pm
KINGSTON, Ontario
Grand Theatre, Kingston

Music for a Spring’s Eve
Wednesday May 8th, 7pm
OAKVILLE, Ontario
  Laurie Farrow Reviol, voice
  Sharlene Wallace, harp
at Central Baptist Church
340 Rebecca Street, Oakville
Tickets $20 available at L’Atelier Grigorian, 210 Lakeshore Rd E., Oakville
info: 416-346-6600 / harp@sharlenewallace.com
Music of Verdi, Schubert, Debussy, folk songs and more…
Laurie is a long time friend of mine from growing up and dancing together in Oakville. She now lives in Germany with an active singing career. She will be returning to Oakville as the guest soloist with the Oakville Symphony on May 11th and 12th. We have been talking for many years about doing a concert together… and wonderfully we are doing it Wednesday May 8th!

Oakville Symphony Orchestra
May 11th, 8pm and May 12th, 2pm
OAKVILLE, Ontario
  guest artist Laurie Farrow Reviol, voice

The Harp Gathering
May 17th-19th
OHIO, USA
Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio
An amazing weekend of harp playing, workshops, and concerts!
with Maeve Gilchrist, Kim Robertson, Sharlene, Timothy Harper, Frank Voltz and Denise and Michael Grupp-Verbon
www.harpgathering.com

Celtic Tide
VOCA Chorus of Toronto
Saturday June 1st, 7:30pm
TORONTO, Ontario
Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Featured, will be Scott Macmillan (composer) and Jennyfer Brickenden’s (librettist) stunning Celtic Mass for the Sea for choir and traditional Celtic instruments. Also performed will be other Celtic choral and instrumental treats! Scott and Jennyfer will also be performing with us and giving a wee talk about their work. Such a special treat!
Jenny Crober, artistic director
Elizabeth Acker, accompanist
featuring:
Loretto Reid, tin whistle, Irish flute, accordion
Sharlene Wallace, Celtic harp
Leon Taheny, bodhran, percussion
Rose Bolton, fiddle/violin
Wendy Solomon, cello
Kelly Hood, uilleann pipes
with special guests from Halifax
Scott Macmillan, guitar
Jennyfer Brickenden, narration
www.vocachorus.ca

Shannon & Shar
Sunday June 9th, 2pm
EDEN MILLS, Ontario
  Shannon Kingsbury, voice, harp
  Sharlene Wallace, harp
Original and traditional music for voice and harps!
information: elizabeth@waterside.ca / (519) 856-2259
shannonkingsbury.com
www.sharlenewallace.com

Music for a Spring’s Eve

MAY CONCERT announcement!

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May 8th at 7pm
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Oakville, Ontario
Music for a Spring’s Eve
Harp & Voice Concert – music by Schubert, Verdi, Debussy, Faure, folk songs & more
Laurie Farrow Reviol, voice
    Sharlene Wallace, harp
at Central Baptist Church, 340 Rebecca Street, Oakville
tickets $20 at the door
Lakeshore Road East, downtown Oakville
info HarpRamblings@gmail.com