Fall 2015

Harp and String Concert at Marywood to Celebrate Centennial

Internationally acclaimed harpist Kathleen Bride ’67 will be the featured soloist at Marywood University’s “Celebrate the Centennial with Harp and String in Concert” at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at 4 p.m. Marywood’s String Ensemble will perform under the direction of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s conductor, Lawrence Loh. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include Handel’s Concerto in B flat Major HWV 294, Laura Zaerr’s Appalachian Concerto, and Grandjany’s Aria in Class Style for harp and strings.

Ms. Bride is harp professor at the Eastman School of Music and a member of the visiting faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. She has conducted numerous master classes throughout the U.S. and Britain. Prior to her appointment at Eastman, she was chairman of the harp department at the Manhattan School of Music and has been artist in residence at both the Universities of Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Ms. Bride earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Marywood. A harpist since age six, she earned her Master of Science degree in Music Performance at the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with French harpist Marcel Grandjany.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at my alma mater, and to be a part of the University’s 100th year anniversary celebration,” said Ms. Bride. “It’s so important to offer this concert to the community…we need to broaden and develop music appreciation for future generations,” she added.
Mr. Loh, guest conductor for the concert, is the music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has established himself as one of the most versatile and exciting conductors on the classical music scene.

Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country.

Sophie Till, M.M., Clinical Assistant Professor of Violin/Viola, and Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, M.M., Adjunct Faculty, Cello/String Methods, direct both the String Ensemble and String Project at Marywood University.

For additional information on the “Celebrate the Centennial with Harp and String in Concert”, please call the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268 or dept.mtd@marywood.edu.

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