News 2020-2021

Special Summer Performance

I'm looking forward to presenting a special concert of Season Highlights on July 23, 2021 at noon. I've picked my favorite works from my 2020-2021 online concert series series and thought it would be great to have a summer concert before the Fall 2021 concert season begins. This one hour long performance will stream for free through my YouTube channel as usual, with donations accepted. I hope you'll be able to join me!

Program:
Fantaisie sur un Theme de Haydn by Marcel Grandjany

Premiere Arabesque by Claude Debussy, trans. by Henriette Renié
Petite Valse by Alphonse Hasselmans

Largo from Violin Sonata no. 3 by J. S. Bach, trans. by Marcel Grandjany

Apunte Betico by Gerardo Gombau
Pavane and Bransles
by Antoine Francisque, trans. by Marcel Grandjany
Siciliana by Ottorino Respighi trans. by Marcel Grandjany

Moon River by Henry Mancini, arr. by Skaila Kanga
Petite Suite by David Watkins

June 2021

Petite Valse by Alphonse Hasselmans

Final Concert of the Spring Series

On Friday, May 21 at noon (EDT), I will be giving the final performance of my online spring concert series, featuring the music of Claude Debussy. I have really enjoyed performing for everyone and am looking forward to giving more concerts next season, both online and in person. 

Program:

En bateau transcribed by Henriette Renié
Sarabande transcribed by Yolanda Kondonassis

Premiere Arabesque transcribed by Henriette Renié

La fille aux cheveux de lin transcribed by Marcel Grandjany​
Clair de lune transcribed by Marcel Grandjany

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

May 2021

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

trans. Marcel Grandjany

American Harp Journal Publishes Article

I am pleased to share that the most recent edition of the American Harp Journal includes an article I wrote about Eliza Ridgely, a 19th-century Baltimore native and harpist. She is best known by her portrait, painted by artist Thomas Sully; this article explores her life and musicianship beyond her portrait. 

April 2021

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April Events

This month I'll be presenting a concert on Friday, April 16 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) featuring award winning compositions from the Northern California Harpists' Association Award composition competition. I'll offer some thoughts about these four diverse pieces throughout the performance:

Apunte Betico by Gerardo Gombau (1952)​

Legend of the Redwoods by Grace Becker Vamos (1950)​

Impromptu by Lex van Delden (1955)​

Petite Suite by David Watkins (1961)

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through Jacqueline's YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

On Saturday, April 17 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) I'll be giving an online masterclass for students on building technical harp skills. This will take place via Zoom and is open to students at any level, playing either a lever or a pedal harp. See the workshop page for more information

April 2021

Performance and Masterclass

On Friday, March 19 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time), I'll be performing a program of jazz favorites, and will speak about the works throughout the program. The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

 

Program:

Can't Help Falling in Love

by Peretti, Creatore and Weiss, arr. Jacqueline Pollauf​

All the Things You Are

by Jerome Kern, arr. Skaila Kanga

Liten Visa Till Karin

by Staffan Linton, arr. Jacqueline Pollauf​

Georgia on My Mind 

by Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Paul Baker

Moon River

by Henry Mancini, arr. Skaila Kanga​

Preludes II and III

by George Gershwin, trans. Jacqueline Pollauf

 

On Saturday, March 20 at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) I'll be giving a masterclass for students via Zoom. This masterclass is open to students of any level, playing either a lever or a pedal harp. Participant slots are filled, but there is still space for observers. 

March 2021

February Events

Thanks to everyone who attended February's performance: a Concert of Themes and Variations. Due to a technology glitch, the program is available to watch in two parts.

Part 1
Part 2

I really enjoyed performing for everyone, and presenting a student workshop on glissandos and harmonics. It was great to connect with everyone online! Below are photos from both events. 
 

February 2021

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Spring Concert Series Begins this Month

The first performance of my online spring concert series will be on Friday, February 19 at noon (Eastern Time). I'll be performing a program of Themes and Variations by a variety of composers, and will speak about the works throughout the program. The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

 

Program:

The Minstrel's Adieu to His Native Land by John Thomas

In a Landscape by John Cage

Passacaglia by George Handel

Fantaisie sur un Theme de Haydn by Marcel Grandjany

 

As a new part of the series, I'll be hosting several events for students. On Saturday, February 20 at noon (Eastern Time) the first workshop, focusing on playing glissandos and harmonics on the harp, will take place via Zoom. This workshop is open to students of any level, playing either a lever or a pedal harp. Click here for more information.

February 2021

Lyon and Healy Publishes New Arrangement

Lyon and Healy Publications has just released Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók for harp and cello. I arranged this work alongside cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski for our recent album, Beau Soir. More information is available on Lyon and Healy's website

February 2021

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Spring 2021 Concert Series Announced

I'm happy to announce that I will be continuing my online concert series in the Spring of 2021. Join me on the third Friday of each month at noon (Eastern Time) for a short performance of solo harp music. Each concert will explore a different theme and will livestream through my YouTube channel for free, with donations accepted.

As a new and exciting part of the Spring Series, I will also hold three online events for students: a masterclass and two workshops on the third Saturday of the month. See the calendar page for more information about the entire series.

 

Schedule:

Friday, February 19 | Concert: Themes and Variations

Saturday, February 20 | Workshop: Playing Glissandos and Harmonics

Friday, March 19 | Concert: Jazz Favorites

Saturday, March 20 | Student Masterclass

Friday, April 16 | Concert: Award Winning Compositions

Saturday, April 17 | Workshop: Building Technical Skills

Friday, May 21| Concert: The Music of Claude Debussy

January 2021

New Arrangement Published

I recently made an arrangement of Of the Father's Love Begotten, a Christmas Hymn based on 13th century plainsong. Due to several inquiries, I have gone ahead and published this arrangement and it is now available through Oakway Studios at my informational harp website, HarpInsideOut.com. Click here for more information.

January 2021

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Of the Father's Love Begotten

Every year during the Christmas season, I aspire to arrange a few of my favorite Christmas carols for solo harp, but have trouble finding time. This year, however, I took a few days and arranged Of the Father's Love Begotten, a Christmas Hymn based on 13th century plainsong. Here is a video I put together of myself performing this new arrangement.

 December 2020

Candlelight Christmas Concert

For the past several years, I've had the pleasure of performing on the Spire Series' Candlelight Christmas Concert at First and Franklin Church in Baltimore, Maryland. This year there will not be a live performance, but instead an online concert will be presented on December 20th at 4pm (EST), featuring recordings of both new performances and years past, as well as Christmas carols and readings of poetry. I'll be performing Marcel Tournier's Six Noël for solo harp, Marcel Grandjany's Aria in Classic Style for harp and organ and Henri Büssier's Le Sommeil de l'enfant Jesus for cello, harp and organ. Click here for more information.

 December 2020

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Online Concert of The Music of J. S. Bach 

I'm really excited about the fourth and final concert of my online fall mini-concert series. This will take place on Friday, December 18 at noon (Eastern Time) and will feature the music of one of my favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). I'll present some thoughts about Bach and four pieces during the performance:

 

• Sarabande and Double from Violin Partita no. 1, trans. by Marcel Grandjany

• Suite in e-flat minor, BWV 996, trans. by Marie-Claire Jamet

• Largo from Violin Sonata no. 3, trans. by Marcel Grandjany

• Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, arr. by Daniel Burton

 

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

December 2020

Performance of The Transcriptions of Marcel Grandjany

The third concert of my online mini-concert series will take place on Friday, November 20 at noon (Eastern Time). I will be presenting the transcriptions of Marcel Grandjany. A French harpist, Grandjany (1891-1975) transcribed many beautiful and varied works for the harp. His attention to detail in these transcriptions is outstanding and they really showcase the many moods of the harp. In addition to some thoughts about Grandjany, the program will feature five pieces:

 

Pavane and Bransles by Antoine Francisque

Siciliana by Ottorino Respighi

Movements II and II from Concerto in B-flat Major by George Handel

El Viejo Castillo Moro by Eduardo Chavarri

Sacro Montë by Joquin Turína

 

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

November 2020

Performance of The Music of Sergiu Natra

This Friday, October 16 at noon (Eastern Time) I will be presenting the music of Sergiu Natra as part of my online mini-concert series. Natra, born 1931, is a Romanian-born composer who currently resides in Israel. His music is really dramatic and uses the harp in some unexpected ways. Throughout the program, I'll be sharing thoughts about Natra and performing the following:

 

Prayer

Selections from A Book of Hebrew Songs

Sonatina

 

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

October 2020

New Exercise Book Published

I'm excited to announce that I have published a new exercise book: Glissando Exercises. It's a book of fifty incremental exercises all focused on playing glisses on the harp through many different techniques, including playing crossing glisses, parallel glisses, and multiple glisses with one hand. At the same time, the exercises also focus on all the details surrounding glisses, such as starting and ending on exact pitches, playing glisses of different rhythmic lengths, and using both hands equally.

Glissando Exercises has the same detailed and thorough approach as my other exercise books, Pedal Exercises for Harp and Exercises in Harmonics. More info, including a PDF available for purchase, can be found at HarpInsideOut.com. A hard copy is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

September 2020

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Performance of Alphonse Hasselmans

This Friday, September 18 at noon (Eastern Time) I will be presenting the music of Alphonse Hasselmans in the first concert of my new online mini-concert series. Hasselmans was a Belgian-born harpist who composed many short character sketches for solo harp. In addition to some thoughts about Hasselmans, the program will feature five pieces:

 

Chanson de Mai

Guitare

Au Monastère

Petite Valse

La Source

 

The performance will live stream free of charge, with donations accepted, through my YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

September 2020

Fall Mini-Concert Series

This fall I'll be presenting an online mini-concert series on the third Friday of each month at noon Eastern Time. Each themed program will be a half-hour long, exploring a different composer through solo harp music and remarks about each piece. Concerts will be accessible free of charge through the live stream on my YouTube channel, with donations accepted. 

Below is a video introducing the concert series and discussing the theme of each performance. See my calendar page for more details.

August 2020