Harps in concert this Sunday to celebrate 75th anniversary

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

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