Celebrating the Celestial Harp of Janet Witman
Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019
Janet Witman covers the spectrum of the harp world. She is a classically-trained pedal harpist from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is the esteemed leader of The Brandywine Harp Orchestra in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her arrangements of both solo and ensemble music are used throughout the country. She performs in The Astral Harp presentation with her husband Kevin Witman. Together, they present a very engaging combination of music and astronomy. Her music provides an ethereal environment for images of the wonders of the universe as explained by her husband.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 24, 2019
1 PM Meet and Tune! Come early and enjoy the gallery, take time to set up and visit with friends old and new! Enjoy Kevin Witman’s pop-up astro-photography exhibit!
1:30 - 300 PM SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Scottish Festival Favorites for Harps! Janet has attended and performed at many Scottish festivals over the years, and she'll be presenting and sharing her arrangements of some of the greatest hits played by pipers, singers, harpers and dancers. Scotland the Brave, The Rowan Tree, Loch Lomond, Atholl Highlanders and more! Many can be found in her collection, "Wild Mountain Thyme" which can be ordered at www.brandywineharps.com
PDFs will be supplied to all registrants at the time of registration.
All levels welcome. Bring your harps!!!
3:30 - 5:00 ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP I
Janet directs and arranges music for the Brandywine Harp Orchestra, and 2020 will be their 20th anniversary! Janet will provide pdfs for special request of Moon River, Secret Garden's Nocturne and Isle of Innisfree. Singing encouraged!
In this workshop, students will be practicing pieces to perform with Janet during her Sunday concert.
5:30 Light supper (bring salads/desserts!)
7:00-9:00 OPEN-MIC & STAR GAZING (on a Clear Night)
Emcee, Janet Witman & Star Gazing with Kevin Witman. Be sure to let Evie or Janet know what you wish to present!!!
Sunday, August 25, 2019
For weekend participants: Morning free. Janet will be playing ‘special music’ at Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 St. Lawrence Avenue, Hammond, NY 13646 (4.4 miles from the Gallery). All are welcome to attend the service. There is a beautiful public dock at Oak Point, Hammond (about 6 miles from the Gallery) with shallow water and sandy bottom, ideal for River enjoyment.
1:00-2:30 THE FINGER LABYRINTH EXPERIENCE.* Janet will present an ancient healing tradition using a printed Caerdroia labyrinth diagram, where participants will journey inward and outward using their fingers while Janet guides them along with her healing harp music of modes and original music. Harpers will learn the music during the workshop, and gain understanding on how to use a labyrinth for sharing and for self care. Light lecture, music handouts and play alongs!
2:45 - 4:00 ENSEMBLE WORKSHOP II
5:00 ASTRAL HARP.
Janet and Kevin Witman present their "out of this world" multi-media event of jazzy/pop harp music and amazing astrophotography. Kevin's photos have appeared in BBC's Sky at Night, Astronomy Magazine website and Space Weather, He is an engaging lecturer and planetarium operator at North Museum in Lancaster, PA. Janet's arrangements of Moondance, Stairway to Heaven, Starry, Starry Night will leave you feeling inspired! Harpists who have attended Janet’s weekend ensemble workshops will be joining her in some of her legendary harp ensemble arrangements!
* Labyrinth enthusiasts may wish to visit the lovely labyrinth behind Hammond Presbyterian Church (address given above) in Hammond village.