Harps in concert this Sunday to celebrate 75th anniversary

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 - harpy@twcny.rr.com

or Dona Wonascott at 637-4564 - dwonacot@twcny.rr.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


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