at local libraries, the central New York Scottish Games and other
events in the area.
Gail Lyons and Amy Hueber, the current president of the local
chapter of the American Harp Society, selected the repertoire for the
concert. We're all very pleased that they even chose a piece that was
played at the original concert, Byrne said.
Sunday will feature several well known and beloved harpists including
Ursula Kwasnicki, the principal harpist for the Syracuse Symphony
Orchestra; Paul Knoke the principal harpist for the Brighton Symphony
Orchestra in Rochester; Donna Benier; Meredith Kohn Bocek from Ithaca,
who also sells harps; the Crane Harp Ensemble under the direction of
Dr. Jessica Suchy-Pilalis from SUNY Potsdam; Myra Kovary; Deete Bunn;
Linda Kaiser; Gail Lyons, who is leading proponent in the Central New
York harping community, plus many other very talented players. A total
of 23 pedal harps and 13 lever harps are scheduled to play.
I am a (very proud) member of the Gail Lyons Harp Ensemble and have
been very blessed to take lessons from Gail for the past 3 1/2
years, De Santis said.
Melville Clark will be remembered. He built the famous Clark Irish
Harps, that still garner a great deal of attention from harpists,
luthiers and historians.
Tickets are $15 or $10 for students. A portion of the proceeds for
this event will be donated to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer
Institute in honor of Pam Kehoe, a founding member of A Harmony of
Harps. Contact Jennifer M. S. Byrne at 637-4737 - firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dona Wonascott at 637-4564 - email@example.com for tickets.
Many harps will be represented and more on display. Care for a
harpsicles? Harpsicles are smaller lap harps that many people purchase
for young children as a first harp, or for themselves as a travel
A harper or a harpist?
A harper is someone who plays a lever, or a non-pedal, or Celtic, or
Irish harp, versus a harpist who plays a pedal harp like you see at
orchestral performances. The difference is that pedal harps have their
keys changed by the foot engaging the pedals to make the strings
natural, sharp or flat. A harper must make those changes by hand and
can only be tuned to accomodate two notes on each string. DeSantis