The Harp Ensemble Valentine’s Concert, directed by William Lovelace, will feature multiple full-sized harps and multiple harpists from East Tennessee. You and your sweetheart are invited to attend this unique annual concert in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
The performance will be on Saturday, February 11, at 2 p.m. in the Library’s Reading Rotunda, end of Main Gallery.
The following information is from the 2015 news release:
Repertoire for the concert will include world famous harp pieces written by the finest harpist/performers of the last few centuries, including Naderman, Hasselmans, Renie, and Grandjany. Some of the repertoire is truly ensemble music with different students playing different parts; other selections consist of standard solo repertoire that multiple harps will perform simultaneously creating a vision as beautiful to behold as it is to hear.
The most advanced student in the ensemble currently is Kari Novilla, principal harpist for the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra, who will be traveling from Morristown, Tennessee, for the performance. A few of the more advanced students will each be performing solo pieces during the concert.
William Lovelace, harp instructor for East Tennessee, served for two six-year terms on the board of the American Harp Society, serving as National President for four of those 12 years. He moved to East Tennessee in 1989, where he began teaching and performing locally. Many of his students have gone on to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra in Kingsport, the Orchestra at Maryville College, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and one student performed at a national competition last year.
Lovelace has published more than a dozen harp solos and arrangements, and he frequently performs at local and regional events.
Lovelace has been associated with the Maryville City Schools as the district’s harp instructor since 1996. In the past, most of the harp students at the library were Maryville City Schools students. However, this ensemble now also includes Lovelace’s students from Knox Music Studios, in Knoxville, and from his other teaching locations.
Open to the public, this program is hosted by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit www.blounttn.org/197.