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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Grey Towers is setting for harp performance

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  • MILFORD TWP. - Duo Scorpio is a New York City-based harp duo who will perform in an outdoor performance at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford on Saturday, August 16, at 5:30 p.m.
    Tickets cost $20 at the door or $15 when purchased in advance on the Kindred Spirits Arts Programs website, http://www.kindredspiritsprograms.org, or at Books & Prints at Pear Alley (570-296-4777), Milford. Children under 15 are admitted free.
    Duo Scorpio is on a mission to expand the repertoire for two harps by commissioning new works from innovative composers and discovering modern works already composed for this unique instrumentation. In 2010, harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade began searching for music for their newly-formed ensemble and realized that this particular part of harp repertoire had yet to be fully explored in a contemporary setting. Duo Scorpio wants to help create a new body of work composed for the modern harp that highlights the versatility and uniqueness of the instrument.
    Duo Scorpio recorded their debut album, Scorpion Tales, in the spring of 2012 with Grammy award-winning engineer and producer, Adam Abeshouse. It was released on the American Modern Recordings label on September 4, 2012 and was on the ballot nomination for the 2013 Grammy® awards.
    Duo Scorpio believes that adding new works from modern composers not only benefits the harp community, but helps to spread awareness of the instrument's capabilities throughout the contemporary classical community and its audiences.
    Kindred Spirits, a regional non-profit arts organization, has brought world-class musical performances to the Upper Delaware area for the past 10 years. Grey Towers, ancestral home of the eminent Pinchot family, supporters of the arts and innovative leaders in conservation, has a long-standing tradition of combining the arts and nature.
    For more information about the concert, contact Kindred Spirits at 570-409-1269, kindredspir@yahoo.com. For more information about Grey Towers, including directions or parking, call 570-296-9630 or info@fs.fed.us/gt. Or visit www.greytowers.org or www.fs.fed.us/gt . The walk from the parking lot to the tent is steep; for those with limited mobility or requiring handicapped access, there is parking closer to the performance venue.

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