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Help CHQ record its first album plus commission a new work for harp quartet by Bernard Andres.
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Chicago Harp Quartet - Debut Album

We've reached our push goal of $15,000 and couldn't be more excited! Thanks to everyone who has supported the CHQ in this endeavor. But, do not let this make you think we are done trying to raise funds. We are trying to push to the very end to raise as much money as possible to help cover even more publicity and marketing for the CD, upgrade our CD casing as well as hopefully having enough to increase our studio time. (AKA, make this album sound even more spectacular than we ever thought possible!)  We would also like to help make the World Premiere of our very own Bernard Andres Harp Quartet a grand event and make sure that this is a performance not to be missed.  Please continue to spread the word and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support of the CHQ!

-Lynn, Katie, Cathy & Emily (August 25, 2013)

The Chicago Harp Quartet is recording its debut album and needs your help to make this happen!   

The Chicago Harp Quartet is bringing new attention to the harp ensemble as serious chamber music by commissioning new music, creating new arrangements and bringing a new standard of excellence to harp ensemble performance.

The recording will take place in early September 2013 at the Performance Hall of the Logan Center of the University of Chicago.  To ensure a high quality CD we'll be working with WFMT Sound Engineer Mary Mazurek and four time Grammy Award winner Chris Willis will be our producer and editor.

Where will the money go?

  • performance hall rental
  • sound engineer
  • producer
  • editing:  mixing & mastering
  • copyrights
  • album artwork
  • design and layout
  • CD production

We can't do this without your support! 

Please help us achieve our goal by not only donating, but also by sharing this kickstarter page with your friends, family and colleagues.  The more people we reach, the faster we will achieve our goal!

To learn more about the Chicago Harp Quartet, please visit our website: www.chicagoharpquartet.com

Bernard Andrés Commission

The Chicago Harp Quartet is thrilled that world famous composer and harpist Bernard Andrés has agreed to write a new composition for the quartet!

The work will be three character dances lasting 10'30" in length and, according to Mr. Andrés, is in progress already!

We are very excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity not only for the quartet but as an opportunity to help create a new work for the harp community around the world.

If you're not familiar with the work of Bernard Andrés, take a listen to his composition Parvis for two harps.

The Andrés commission will be possible if we raise a minimum of $15,000 (that's only $3000 over our original goal).  Once the commission is funded and completed, ALL backers will have the opportunity to be the first in the world to hear this new creation through a preview digital download.  Please help us make this commission a reality! 

A note on how to be a backer for this project:

To make a pledge to the Chicago Harp Quartet - Debut Album, click the green "Back This Project" button.  You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward level.  Then, you will be prompted to complete the purchase with Amazon.  Your credit card will not be charge immediately.  If our project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when we reach the funding deadline.  Please contact us if you need help!

More Information and Details:

The album is a compilation of works by familiar and new composers including the world premiere recording of Musings written by CHQ member Marguerite Lynn Williams specifically for the quartet.

Repertoire for the Album:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3                                J.S. Bach/arr. ML Williams

  • III. Allegro

Grave assai - Fandango                     Luigi Boccherini Boccherini/arr. ML Williams

L'estro Armonico, Concerto No. 10, RV 580         Antonio Vivaldi/arr. ML Williams

  • Allegro
  • Largo - Larghetto
  • Allegro

Wedding Day at Troldhaugen                                  Edvard Grieg/arr. ML Williams

Tierra Mestiza                                                            Tamez/arr. Bullen & Williams

Suite of Dances                                                         Alfredo Ortiz

Musings for Harp Quartet                                          Marguerite Lynn Williams

  • I.
  • II. Lent
  • III. Con Brio


China Gates (pending approval)                                John Adams/arr. ML Williams

Rubric from Glass Works (pending approval)          Phillip Glass/arr. ML Williams

The Chicago Harp Quartet is dedicated to bringing the harp ensemble to center stage.

Since its formation in 2012, harpists Marguerite Lynn Williams, Cathy Litaker, Katie Ventura, and Emily Granger have presented unique and charismatic performances on the concert stage across the country. Members of this dynamic quartet have performed on stages across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, the CHQ bring an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.

Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world’s greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony. Members of CHQ have also participated in a wide range of summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

The 2013-2014 Season marks the unveiling of the CHQ Composition Contest funded through a generous grant from the American Harp Society.  The CHQ will also be premiering a new arrangement of Vivaldi's L'Estro Amrmonico Op. 3 Concerto No. 10 in B minor for four harps and orchestra with the International Chamber Artists funded by a grant from The Saints Foundation, performing at the 150th Birthday Festival at Lyon & Healy Hall, the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans, and the release of their debut album produced by 4 time Grammy Award winner, Chris Willis. 

If you have any other questions, comments, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to write to us at chicagoharpquartet@gmail.com.  You can also visit our website and join our mailing list at www.chicagoharpquartet.com.

Thanks again for all your support, we really could not do this project without your help!

-CHQ (Lynn, Katie, Cathy, Emily)

Video credits: Will Sullivan & Rob Poissant

Risks and challenges

The Chicago Harp Quartet has worked hard already to line up all of the pieces of this project. The recording sessions have been scheduled in September at the Logan Center at the University of Chicago. Our Sound Engineer, Mary Mazurek and Producer, Chris Willis have been hired for all steps of the process.

The recording will take place in early September following an intense month of rehearsals with the quartet as well as several performances.

We've planned for our incentives and assigned quartet members to the task.

All steps of the project have been fully researched and engaged at this point.

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