The Philadelphia-based Young Artists Harp Ensemble is traveling to Ancenis, France, to perform at the Festival International de Harpe.
Special thanks to our many friends and family members who helped us reach our $5,000 goal on May 3! Your support is greatly appreciated and will go a tremendous way towards helping with our expenses. If you're just visiting Kickstarter and wondering if we can still use your help, the answer is YES! We will continue to accept funding through our May 15 deadline, all of which will go directly towards our tour expenses, which total $2,300 per person including the airfare we've already purchased. Thanks in advance for your continued support, and read on for more about our project...
The Young Artists Harp Ensemble (part of Temple University's Music Preparatory Division) is embarking on a tour to Ancenis, France, to perform at the Festival Internationale de Harpe. Our group from Philadelphia was one of only five harp ensembles from around the world invited to perform! We'll be giving six concerts around the town of Ancenis on May 25 and 26, along with a featured performance at the Theatre Quartier Libre on May 27.
Why We Need Your Help
We've already purchased airfare, which was more than we ever imagined. We have no other outside funding, so we're turning to Kickstarter to help raise $5,000 towards the remainder of our expenses.
Gian Torrano Jacobs
About the Ensemble
The Young Artists Harp Ensemble, under the direction of Kimberly Rowe, was founded in 2008 as part of the Musical Preparatory Division of Temple University, and includes talented young harpists from throughout the Philadelphia, Central, and Southern NJ region. Our season includes winter and spring harp concerts at Temple University's Rock Hall, along with annual participation in the Festival of Young Musicians Youth Chamber Orchestra concert under the direction of Luis Biava.
The Young Artists Harp Ensemble has performed by invitation at the Mid-Atlantic Harp Festival in McLean, Va., the Festival de la Harpe, in Princeton, NJ., and at Commonwealth Plaza of the Kimmel Center. Individually, members have been top prize winners at local and national competitions, are members of regional youth orchestras, and have appeared as soloists on the renowned stages of the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Weill Recital Hall (N.Y.C.), and Carnegie Hall (N.Y.C.)
About the Festival
The Festival Internationale de Harpe is sponsored by the French harp company Camac Harps to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Artists from around the world, including the French soloist Isabelle Moretti, Columbian harpist Edmar Castenda, and Scottish harpist Corrina Hewat, will perform, along with a handful of student groups including the Young Artists Harp Ensemble.
The cost for each participant is $2,300, including the airfare we've already purchased. The Kickstarter project will help fund our expenses while in France ($900 per person), so we can still use your help even though we've reached our $5,000 goal for the project!
We leave on May 20th and will spend several days in Paris for museum visits and a masterclass with the French harpist Ghislaine Petit Volta. Then we'll head to Ancenis where we'll give seven performances around the town as part of the Festival. We return to the US on May 29th.
No! Fortunately, harps are being provided by the festival sponsor, Camac harps. They will be providing instruments for our masterclass and rehearsal in Paris, along with those for our concert performances in Ancenis. (Thank you Camac!).
We'll be performing:
La Joyeuse, by Rameau/Salzedo
Les Tourbillons, by Dandrieu/Salzedo
Chanson dans la nuit, by Salzedo
Tango, by Salzedo
Rumba, by Salzedo
"Ten Past Two" by Chertok
Variations on Yankee Doodle, Trad/Escosa
Remembrance of the Ball, by Grandjany
Elite Syncopations, by Joplin/Owens
Steel Guitar Rag, by McAuliffe/Trotter/Brady
Venezolana, by Ortiz