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Harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn performs music old and new Oct. 9

Program ranges from Rameau and Vivaldi to Hindemith and Berio
October 2, 2014

Colleen Potter ThorburnThe Yale School of Music presents a solo recital by harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Thorburn’s recital is the culmination of her studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

The recital embraces opposites: Baroque pieces originally written for harpsichord and arranged for harp, French impressionistic pieces that are often associated with the harp; and a piece written to explore harp’s virtuosic potential and unexpected capabilities.

Thorburn opens with her own arrangements of two French Baroque works originally written for keyboard. Couperin’s “Les Baricades mistérieuses” will be followed by Rameau’s “L’Egyptienne.”

The program then leaps forward to 1939, the year that Hindemith wrote his Harp Sonata. Thorburn will then play a pair of French pieces by Jolivet and Godefroid. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor, featuring four string players, will be followed by “Images” from Tournier’s 3éme Suite, Op. 34. The program will conclude with Luciano Berio’s Sequenza II, written in the 1960s to show off the harp’s virtuosity and versatility.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. The concert will also stream live online. The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information, the public should visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. LIVE STREAM

About the Artist

Colleen Potter Thorburn has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orches­tral harpist with ensembles across the Unit­ed States. She currently plays principal harp with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra; Previously, she held the principal harp position with Symphony Nova (Boston), with which she has also appeared as a concerto soloist. She is a recently appointed harp substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra and performs regularly with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

A past winner of the American Harp Society’s Anne Adams Competition, Colleen has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and the Atlantic Music Festival. She has collaborated with celebrated artists including Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, and Marin Alsop. As a dedicated chamber musi­cian, Colleen’s duo Apple Orange Pair, founded in 2010 with hornist Emily Boyer, focuses on new repertoire for French horn and harp. Apple Orange Pair’s first full-length recorded album, Seeds, was released in November 2013.

Based in Virginia, Colleen teaches at Bluefield College; through Bluefield College’s Fine Arts Community School; and at Southwestern Virginia Music Academy, in addition to her own studio. Colleen is head of the harp department at Coda Mountain Academy in Fayetteville WV, and an active pro­ponent of regional harp activities in southern Appalachia as president of the new Southwest Virginia chapter of the American Harp Society. She is a Touring Artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Colleen is the first harpist to earn a Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with June Han. She has also studied harp at the University of Illinois in Champaign with Ann Yeung, and in St. Louis with Laura Hearne, where she began her harp studies at age 11. WEBSITE »