Thank-you so much to the people who have already supported the Harping for Harps campaign so generously. We have already passed the first $1000 mark! That means I’m due to give the first Facebook live performance – this one of Eric Satie’s beautiful First Gymnopedie. It’s going to be today (June 21st) at 1 p.m. on the Riverwalk in Calgary, at the top end of Macleod Trail across from the Harry Hays building. Stop by if you have time or watch on FB!
And at $2000 I’ll be performing Salzedo’s Song in the Night. Please help me meet that next goal!
I am really looking forward to this event coming up on Saturday, bright and early at the Calgary Tower. This will be another first in my career – finding music and modes to gently accompany yoga as the sun begins to fill the space and with the gorgeous vistas of the Rocky Mountains in the distance!
To sign up for the Summer Solstice event click here. https://app.schedulehouse.com/SH/Client/000902#shopping:passes
This event also marks the official launch of the next
fundraising campaign with the goal of purchasing another harp to donate to one of the music social projects I volunteer with in Brazil. Here’s the link to the campaign which will go live on the 17th! Stay tuned!
As Calgary blooms in early summer, thoughts turn to romance and that’s what this concert is all about. I am thrilled to be joining Luminous Voices for my first ever performance both with them and in the stunning new Bella Concert Hall. Besides delightful a capella madrigals by Gesualdo and Monteverdi, the programme includes two major harp pieces. Benjamin Britten’s “Choral Dances” from his opera Gloriana is a set of colourful songs paying somewhat irreverent hommage to an ageing monarch. “Hesperides” by Malcolm Forsyth was composed in 2001 for chorus and two harps. Also full of whimsicle musical interjections and some rather racey 17th century poetry, this will be another fun “first” for me. Can’t wait!
Looking forward to a lovely afternoon programme of classical and world-music selections with my friend and colleague, the wonderful flutist Lucie Jones. You’ll hear a sweet sonata by Leonarda da Vinci (yes, he was also a composer!), Piazzola Tangos that demand some pretty fancy footwork and a Raga by Ravi Shankar, composed specifically for flute and harp. The concert is rounded out by a beautiful harp solo by Carlos Salzedo and finishes up with a sprightly collection of Celtic folksongs to send you home with a spring in your step.
The free concert starts at 2 p.m. in the TransAlta Pavilion in the beautiful new Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, the new home of Mount Royal University’s Conservatory.
Woke up to a pretty dusting of snow and the crisp chill of winter in the air. I love the season of Advent and all the opportunities to make beautiful music. This week I'm rehearsing to perform the Ceremony of Carols again, this time with the Calgary Boys Choir on the 6th and with the Savridi Singers (womens choir) on the 11th. Both will be wonderful opportunities to enjoy a calm, heartwarming evening in the midst of the pre-Christmas hectic. Come join us!
Wonderful concert last night with Spiritus Chamber choir, performing Britten's Ceremony of Carols, to celebrate this first weekend of Advent 2016. It's a rare treat to play this piece with a full SATB chorus and in particular with such an exceptional group! Thank-you Timothy Schantz for all the fantastic work you do here! Eager for tonight's performance at Christ Church Anglican, 3602 8 St SW, Calgary
Gianetta is excited about her upcoming performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra of Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich’s Concerto for 2 harps and orchestra – The Passion of Angels. Full information and tickets available through Edmonton Winspear .
Here is her bio from the programme:
Award-winning harpist Gianetta Baril has had a notable and wide-ranging career since beginning her musical life in Edmonton. Studies originally took her to Toronto and then to France to work with the Master Pierre Jamet. In 1985, Gianetta moved to Germany where she lived for 16 years, concertizing throughout Europe. During this time, Gianetta recorded two harp concertos with the Edmonton Symphony. The recording won the 1989 Juno Award for the Best recording of a Canadian work for the concerto by Oskar Morawetz and earned praise from the French magazine Repertoire des disques Compactes. Her performance of that same work in Prague stands out as a highlight in a career filled with memorable moments. In April, 2016, she was honoured to present the opening recital of the First São Paulo HarpFest in Brazil, introducing the audience to the full sound palette of the harp in traditional and contemporary Canadian harp repertoire.
Gianetta Baril also has a passion for mentorship, carrying on the legacy of her studies with the great Judy Loman. She has active teaching studios at MRU Conservatory and the University of Calgary and is co-founder of the Canadian International Summer Harp Institute. In 2015, Gianetta gave masterclasses in Brazil and established two harp programs for social projects in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. She now returns to Brazil each Spring to maintain her volunteer commitments and create life-changing opportunities for underprivileged children through music. For more information on her ongoing fundraiser “Harping for Harps”, please visit her website: www.forloveofharp.com.
Ms. Baril last appeared with the ESO in May 1986.
Excited to be preparing for “Labyrinth” in 3 days. Rehearsing with my former student Scott Ross-Molyneux is a treat and we are going to have such a great time at Wine-Ohs! Part of the Calgary New Music Festival, the programme is filled with exciting works that show the breadth of all the harp can do. No fluffy angels but raging bulls and epic battles. This concert will shatter any preconceptions of the harp as a musical lightweight!
First of all thank-you so much for your support of the 2014 Harping for Harps fundraising initiative which resulted in the purchase and donation of 3 new CAMAC lever harps to 2 projects in Brazil.
As you may know, since my return to Canada last June, I have been continuing to work with my Brazilian teaching assistants via skype. They and the students are doing well and some new ones have been started too!
In order to maintain the foundation laid last year, my plan is to return each year around the beginning of their school year. The time for my first return trip is nearly here and I am very excited to be working with the students again soon. As there are some items needed, I have decided to do a second Harping for Harps concert fundraiser coming up very soon – March 5th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at St. David’s United Church, 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW, Calgary. I will play some music of course but will also share pictures, videos and stories from my time there last year.
As I mentioned there are some items needed for which I am fundraising specifically. The biggest challenge the students are facing right now is that they cannot take harps home to practice. To do regular work, the only option at the moment is for them to practice 3 or 4 times each week at the music projects. Unfortunately, many of the students live very far from the projects (3-15 kms) and most of them have to walk to get there so it is very hard to expect them to do this more than once or twice each week. Clearly, this is a huge barrier to their progress on the instrument. My goal with this second fundraising concert is to raise enough to purchase 2 or 3 “tiny” harps from a company either in the U.S. or the U.K. These harps would be used as models for the projects’ own luthiery students to build instruments for the children to practice on at home.
It is certainly a difficult time for our economy in Canada and I know we are all tightening our belts. Nevertheless, if you are able to support this initiative in any way, the students and I would be most grateful! It would be wonderful to see you at the concert on the 5th in any case! If you are unable to attend but would like to support the projects, please feel free to contact me by email or phone.
UPDATE 2016-03-01: Now includes details about Brazil Strings!
Thank-you again for your support which has facilitated an incredible opportunity for these vulnerable children in Brazil.