Faces of the Harp and Memories of Music

August 25, 2009 at 8:25 am 2 comments

wildcat-383x308Many Boomers had the good fortune to attend school when budgets were better and the arts were considered a necessary element of a child’s education. Growing up in LA and being a product of LA City schools, I took several music appreciation classes, and that was before I attended college. In those good old days, all students learned a bit of musical notation, were introduced to musical forms (symphony, concerto, opera, etc.) and the structure of the orchestra, listened to and were able to identify musical instruments by ear and sight, and were given an overview of classical music history including exposure to the great composers. I can still remember one of my favorite records from my youth, Said the Piano to the Harpsichord, written by Douglas Stuart Moore, featuring an amazing duel between a harpsichord and a piano during which they squared off about which was better, couplers or keys! I also learned who Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven were and read biographies of several of my favorite composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

In addition to learning about classical music in the classroom, many children had the opportunity to see an orchestral concert and/or view an entire opera as part of their school curriculum. Students traveled by bus to venues such as the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles to see works such as Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel or Rossini’s Barber of Seville. After learning about classical music, seeing it performed live greatly enhanced the experience and certainly gave me an appreciation that has stayed with me all these many years.

In the past, the Library rarely offered musical concerts, as until recently the acoustics and space in the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library Meeting Room did not afford a good listening experience. However, the Meeting Room has recently been refurbished and staff has arranged for a highly acclaimed musician to perform this coming Wednesday evening, August 26, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Vanessa Sheldon, a teacher and classically trained harpist will perform a diverse array of musical works that will demonstrate the range of her very special instrument, the harp. While the program is not recommended for small children, older youth able to sit quietly and listen to music for a 60-minute period, would be most welcome. Attending an intimate concert such as this may provide special memories for you and your family. And all adults who love classical music and/or are interested in learning about, listening to, and watching a master play should take advantage of this unique opportunity!


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