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Music Notes: Harping on Harps

Catrin Finch

From classical to hip-harp (uh, hip-hop), we hear about some upcoming harp performances in Western New York.By Bill Raffel, WBFO

Buffalo, NY – Two prominent harpists are coming to Western New York in the next couple weeks. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

The harp scene around Western New York is normally fairly quiet. But the next two weekends will pluck the instrument out of relative obscurity... starting with the visit of the Official Harpist of the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch. Catrin started playing the instrument at age six, and soon was studying with the most prominent harpist in Wales at the time, Elinor Bennet for another eight years.

Well, if you like hip-harping, you'll have to wait till April 23rd and 24th when Deborah Henson-Conant joins Marvin Hamlisch and the Buffalo Philharmonic. This weekend is more traditional with Catrin Finch in a solo recital Friday (4/16) at 8?p.m. in Slee Hall on UB's North Campus. Also in Slee, Catrin will give a free masterclass Saturday (4/17) at 1?p.m. and join the Slee Sinfonietta for Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances on Tuesday, April 20th at 8?p.m.

This weekend, JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic in two versions of Scheherazade, Rimsky-Korsakov's famous instrumental setting, combined with Ravel's vocal one featuring soprano Sebnem Mekinulov. Neilsen's Alladin Suite opens the concerts Saturday (4/17) at 8?p.m. and Sunday (4/18) at 2:30?p.m. in Kleinhans with pre-concert talks an hour earlier.

Pianist Maryanne Kotylo gives a free half-hour recital Friday (4/16) at 12:30?p.m. in Saint Paul's Cathedral. Then Pianist Irene Polyna features works of Dussek, Chopin, Wagner, and List for the Friends of Vienna Sunday (4/18) at 3:30?p.m. That's in the Unity Church at the corner of Delaware Ave. and Auburn.

The Ames Piano Quartet performs music of the 19th and early 20th centuries Friday (4/16) at 8?p.m. in Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 410 North Main Street, in Jamestown.

Violinist Antonie LeFebvre, Cellist Mary Artmann, and Pianist Frieda Manes are in recital Sunday (4/18) at Central Park United Methodist Church, 216 Beard Avenue in Buffalo.

Music Students and Faculty of Canisius College present a free concert Sunday (4/18) at 2?p.m. in the College's Christ the King Chapel.