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A week ago, hornist Emily Boyer and I gave the opening concert for our second season playing together as a duo. We had a fabulous night of fun October 15, playing French music, displaying a slideshow of our favorite French artwork and photographs, and wearing red feathered boas for our crowning touch, a Piazzolla tango.

All that said, we were also really excited to have a newspaper article about our duo circulating a few days before our concert. Read about apple orange pair in the New Haven Register!

More harp performances this week at Atlantic Music Festival

I post the following concerts involving harp at the Atlantic Music Festival this week at the risk of making too many amendments to previous posts. Last-minute programming changes aside, here are some intriguing pieces–with harp–to enjoy hearing this week at the Atlantic Music Festival (July 27 through 31):

  • Salon Concert IV: Performing the following chamber works for harp:
    -With Bianca Garcia, flute: Carl Nielsen’s The Fog is Lifting and Bernard Andrès’s Narthex.
    -With Alessandro del Signore, violin, and Gretchen Bruesehoff, soprano: Eli Marshall‘s I Look Through a Window.
    Friday, July 29, at 7pm.


I’m also providing music at St. Mark’s Episcopal church in Waterville for their Sunday morning service on July 31. It will be a pleasure to share some contemplative, worshipful harp-and-voice music with this welcoming congregation!

Additional performances at Atlantic Music Festival

I have the honor of playing a newly orchestrated piece by composer Andrew Thomas on the Saturday, July 23, orchestral concert. The piece features three short movements that reclothe Bach-derived motives in Latin dance rhythms. The harp gets some brief moments in the spotlight with a solo harp samba in the third movement.

Atlantic Music Festival: Orchestral Concert II
Featuring Haydn Symphony 99 and Cello Concerto, and the three Andrew Thomas movements
Saturday, July 23, at 7pm
Lorimer Chapel at Colby College
Waterville, Maine

Harping at the Atlantic Music Festival, July 11 to August 6

Atlantic Music FestivalColleen has the honor of being the harp fellow in residence this summer at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, for its third season. Come see some of the many concerts in which she will be collaborating with other instrumental fellows and performing new music by several resident composers!

All chamber and orchestral performances are held in Colby College’s Lorimer Chapel. Admission is free; donations may be accepted online and at the door.

Performances scheduled to date include the following:

  • Voice Concert: Performance of Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria with Grace McKinnon, soprano
    Monday, July 18, 7:30pm–Strider Theater in Runnals
  • Salon Series V: Performance of Debussy’s Sonate for flute, viola, and harp with Sophia Tegart and So Jung Lee
    Wednesday, August 3, 7pm
  • Composer Concert III: Performance of a new work by Will Myers for viola, oboe, harp, and percussion
    Thursday, August 4, 5pm

Infamous Composers! May 28

We all know Mozart performed his share of both musical and non-musical highjinks (and that laugh in Amadeus!). But what about Carlo Gesualdo, whose eerily dissonant Renaissance madrigals only scratch the surface of his highly dysfunctional life? Or what about harpist/composers? (Aren’t all harpists angels?)

Come hear musical selections from Mozart, Gesualdo, 19th century harpist Robert Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, and other composers who have earned a place in music history equally for their notorious lives as for their wonderful music.

Emily Boyer, horn, and Colleen Potter Thorburn, harp

7:30 pm, May 28 at Christ Presbyterian Church – 135 Whitney Ave. in New Haven.

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Apple Orange Pair concert to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank, Feb. 19

Saturday, February 19, at 7pm in Madison, CT. An intimate house concert featuring horn and harp selections from 19th century Europe, paired with delicious German and European desserts from Dagmar’s Desserts in Old Saybrook. Tickets are $30/person, payable in check at the door to the Connecticut Food Bank. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank (and just think: $5 alone can provide 17 meals!). Tickets are limited, so email Apple Orange Pair to reserve a ticket today!

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