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Published 6/22/2005

American Harp Society to Perform At Owens' Center for Fine and Performing Arts, July 1

Pulling strings will take on a new meaning when the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, featuring 24 students and professionals, takes the stage at Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts on Friday, July 1. The harpists will perform an ensemble concert on the Mainstage Theater at 7 p.m.

The Friday evening concert will culminate a week of area residents learning the basics of harp playing, rehearsing and performing as part of Harp Week, presented by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society. Founded by Denise Grupp-Verbon and Nancy Lendrim, Harp Week is open to all individuals and includes harp ensemble rehearsals and practical application workshops.

"The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society's student and professional harpists ensemble is excited to perform at Owens Community College," said Grupp-Verbon, Owens adjunct faculty member and co-director of Harp Week for the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society. "Attendees are in for an evening filled with various music genres presented by a gaggle of harpists."

The harpists, who range from beginners to professionals, will be strumming to some familiar tunes throughout the evening. Among them are "Rockin' Robin," "Boogie Woogie Bells," "Simple Gifts," "Brian Boru's March" and "Canon In D." On stage, performers will be strumming nearly 1,000 harp strings, with certain harps including as many as 47 strings.

The American Harp Society was founded in 1962 in response to the growing needs of harpists as performers, teachers and students. Its mission is to encourage and cultivate the enjoyment of the harp as a musical instrument, to support the composition of the music, and to advance the quality of ability for performing harpists. The society has flourished since its founding and now consists of more than 3,000 members with chapters throughout North America and South America.

The local Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society was established in the mid 1970s with the mission of preserving, promoting and presenting the harp and its music in the community. Among the organization's many initiatives include promoting the study of the harp by providing scholarship opportunities and instruments. The chapter has been a partial sponsor of Harp Week since 1998.

Owens Community College, in part with the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, are serving as partial sponsors of Harp Week.

The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information about the concert, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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