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Harp Happenings in Gypsum

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
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Vail Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents Harp Happenings Monday at the Gypsum Town Hall. The discussion and performance, hosted by Eugenia Zukerman, will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are free.The performance will open with selections from three French composers. Camille Saint-Sans, towards the end of his life, began composing in a style with less dense sonorities. Fantaisie for Violin and Harp exhibits his attraction for the elegant and thin sonorities of the harp. Carlos Salzdo contributed immensely to the teaching of the harp, the integration of the harp into ensembles, and to the compositional output of harp music. La chant dans la nuit is just one composition of many that Salzdo wrote for solo harp. The third composition is by a distinguished contemporary harpist and composer, Bernard Andrs. Narthex for Flute and Harp is one of Andrs most respected compositions. The final harp work on the program is Sonata in A Major for Solo Harp by Antonio Scarlatti. Scarlatti, primarily a composer for harpsichord, transcribed a sonata originally for harpsichord into a solo harp composition. In addition to the harp selections for this concert, the final two works showcase the strings, clarinet, and flute. Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor, Quartettsatz is remarkable for its richness of melody and variety of mood. The final piece is Adagio & Variations for Clarinet, Flute Strings by Ernesto Cavallini, a celebrated clarinetist and composer of the 19th century.For a complete artist roster, program details, and ticketing information call 827-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.

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