Did you ever wonder if heaven had a soundtrack? At 3 p.m. this Sunday
Sept. 23 experience A Harmony of Harps' Harpa Galora. More than 30
harpist are coming together to perform classical, jazz and celtic
music at the Center Four the Arts, 728-730 East Genesee Street,
The event coincides with the 75th anniversary of an April 17, 1932
harp concert in Syracuse headed by world famous harpist Carlos
Salzedo. The National Association of Harpists had held its annual
convention in Syracuse, which featured a concert in Lincoln Auditorium
featuring 71 harps including Syracuse harpist and luthier, Melville
Clark of Clark music, Grace Weymer and Eleanor Shaffner. Many of the
other players were young girls and teens, one of whom now resides in
Skaneateles, Lucille (Sylvestri) Garlock. She will not be performing
this year, but plans on attending the event.
Some of the original pieces performed in 1932 will be presented by
this year's artists. Programs and photographs from that concert will
be on display as well.
The gowns worn by the harpists for this concert were amazing, elegant
and formal as befitted this special occasion, said Sherj DeSantis a
musician from Borodino who will be performing on Sunday.
The concert will be under the direction of James Tapia, the conductor
for the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra and will include
classical, jazz and Celtic music for both ensembles and solo
This concert will be a combination of several types of harps, so we
wanted to have music that reflected that diversity, said Jennifer
Byrne, one of the co-leaders of A Harmony of Harps, and we are very
fortunate to have an excellent conductor like Jim Tapia to lead us.
A Harmony of Harps is the Central New York chapter of the
International Society of Harpers and Craftsmen. It regularly performs