Katie Buckley, Harpist with the Iceland Symphony

As part of the Nordic Cool 2013, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra performed in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center. The Washington Post gave a favorable review.

On Sunday, the harpist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Katie Buckley, gave a master class for my students. Her comments were insightful and very kind. We enjoyed hearing all about the culture and life in Iceland!

The master class program:

Amy Lim: Rossini Sonata
An-Ya Olson: Gershwin Prelude #2
Helen Lim: Corelli Giga
Kai-Lan Olson: Glière Impromptu
Elise Kolle: Bach-Grandjany #6
Kelsi Gray: Grandjany Fantasie–introduction, theme, and first variation (four pages)
Francesca Savoia: Prokofiev Prelude in C

The students played beautifully and I was proud of each of them!
Photo taken following the Master Class

On Tuesday evening Katie Buckley and percussionist Frank Aarnink, together forming "Duo Harpverk" performed a collection of contemporary works of Iceland composers on the Millennium Stage. Here is a link to their performance.

This entry was posted on March 7, 2013.

Mercedes Gómez Master Class and Recital, November 1-2, 2012

Mercedes Gómez, Mexican harpist, was in Washington, DC to give a master class and recital at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

I was not able to attend the master class but my students have told me it was an excellent class and that Ms. Gómez had wonderful, insightful critique for each of them. The master class program was:

Gershwin Prelude #2 — An-Ya Olson
Hovhaness Sonata, first movement– Kai-Lan Olson
Zabel La Source — Mary Duplantier
Debussy Danses sacrée et profane — Alyssa Katahara
Fauré Impromptu — Elise Kolle
Zabel Marguerite douleureuse au rouet — Kelsi Gray
Bach-Grandjany Etude #12 — Francesca Savoia

Photo of the master class

I was able to attend the concert on Friday evening. As it was the Dia de los Muertos the backdrop behind the harp was amazing in celebration of the holiday.

It was an appropriate setting for a concert of music by Mexican composers. Many of the selections were commissioned by Mercedes Gómez in her passion to support composers of her country and to enrich the repertoire of the harp. Before each selection she gave a little background of the piece and the composers. I particularly liked the "Suite Pa' Su Meche" by Eugenio Toussaint, and a piece for harp and computer, "Sonoroson" by Javier Alvarez.

Following the concert I chatted for a few minutes with Ms. Gómez. She studied for awhile with my principal teacher, Marjorie Tyre, and we shared some fond memories of that great harpist and teacher.

Here is a recording of Mercedes Gómez performing the final movement of the "Suite Pa' Su Meche" by Eugenio Toussaint.

This entry was posted on November 3, 2012.


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