Heavenly Harps

Festival returns to Coeur d'Alene

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Leslie Stratton Norris conducts harpists during preparation for the 2007 Harp Festival in Coeur d'Alene.

COEUR d'ALENE - The heavenly sounds of harps are headed to the Lake City next week.

Harp Festival 2013 is set for 3 p.m. April 7 at the Kroc Center. The

 show will feature local and regional harpists of all ages.

"To have 40 harps on one stage is just amazing," said Kim Davidson, professional harpist and teacher, with six students participating in the festival.

Musicians will begin arriving in town next week and meet for rehearsals Friday and Saturday before Sunday's big performance.Save and close

The Harp Festival hasn't been held in Coeur d'Alene since 2007. Then, it was considered a musical feast, long overdue to return to the Lake City.

The organizer and conductor of the event is Leslie Stratton Norris. The Coeur d'Alene resident is also the principal harpist of the Dayton Symphony in Ohio.

Davidson said harpists will be here from Washington and Montana. Performers will range in age from 7 to seniors.

The festival is a unique opportunity for talented harpists to take the stage together, and promises to be a great show, Davidson said.

Matthew Tutsky from Boise is a guest artist and principal harpist.

He is an outstanding musician, Davidson said, adding residents shouldn't miss the chance to hear him.

Tutsky is in his fourth season as principal harpist for the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard's Pre College, he has performed numerous solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestral performances in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space.

Tutsky has performed in a variety of venues including high tea at the Plaza Hotel, St Regis Hotel and Windsor Court Hotel as well as concerts, operas, and ballets at Mohegan Sun Casinos and The Prince George Ballroom.

The 2007 Harp Festival in Coeur d'Alene was considered a musical feast, long overdue to return to the Lake City.

 

Matthew Tutsky from Boise is a guest artist and principal harpist.

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