A Celebration of Celtic Harp with Janet Witman
and The Brandywine Harp Orchestra!
(Join Janet and the Orchestra in performance at the Hammond Historical Museum’s Scottish Festival!)
How many times have you attended Scottish Games, heard the stirring tunes and wanted to play them on the harp? Perhaps you have listened to the Brandywine Harp Orchestra on youtube and wished yourself part of such a heavenly ensemble! Our upcoming Harp Days at the Iva Smith Gallery in Hammond, New York, in the beautiful Thousand Islands Region, offer a time of retreat to soak up the exquisite artistry and gifted, enriching and fun teaching of Janet Witman together with an opportunity to join with the Brandywine Harp Orchestra in concert at the Hammond Historical Museum’s Scottish Festival!
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. —Ray Pool
Schedule of Events
Wednesday Evening, July 8, 2020
6:30 PM Meet, greet, set-up harps and tune.
7 - 8:30 EARLY-BIRD MASTER CLASS WITH JANET WITMAN (5 participant minimum)
Thursday, July 9, 2020
1 PM Meet and Tune! Come early and enjoy the gallery, take time to set up and visit with friends old and new!
1:30-3:00 PM WARM-UPS FOR HEALTHY HARP HANDS
This workshop will focus on re-examining your harp technique with gentle and comprehensive finger exercises to find balance, suppleness and beauty in your playing. Janet will provide technical warm-ups which feature: full-finger closings, thumb articulation, arpeggios ,contrary motion, legato playing, cross overs/unders and LH patterns of 421's, open thumb and open hand intervals. We'll play rounds to keep it all fun and engaging. Low intermediate level to advanced.
3:30-5:00 SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES, Ensemble Part I
Janet's arrangements of some of her favorites will liven up your repertoire! The Rowan Tree, Will Ye No Come Back Again, Scotland the Brave, Atholl Highanders, Flower of Scotland, Skye Boat Song and more. Learn about the Jacobite connection, Lady Nairne and other backstories!
PDFs of Janet Witman’s Scottish festival classics arrangements will be provided at the time of registration. Additional pieces may include: Wild Mountain Thyme, Loch Lomond and Auld Lang Syne which can be found in her collection, Wild Mountain Thyme which is available for purchase at: www.brandywineharps.com (Note to those who attended our ‘Heavenly Harp’ workshops last summer, Janet has done additional arrangements of Scottish Festival Favorites that she is eager to share!)
5:30 Light supper (Bring salads/desserts!)
7:00 COMBINED REHEARSAL with JANET WITMAN and Members of the BRANDYWINE HARP ORCHESTRA
Friday, July 10, 2020
10:30 am- noon. THOMAS MOORE, THE BARD OF IRELAND
Hear Janet's presentation on the fascinating life of Ireland's National Poet. It's entertaining, informative and followed up by a pop quiz with prizes! Janet's arrangements of "Silent, O Moyle" will send chills down your back and "The Meetings of the Waters" will become a standard in your rep. Music will be handed out during the workshop and those that want to play along with Janet are welcome.
12 Noon Lunch.
1:30 - 3:00 PM SCOTTISH FESTIVAL FAVORITES, Ensemble Part II
3:30 - 5:00 PM REHEARSAL with JANET WITMAN and Members of the BRANDYWINE HARP ORCHESTRA
5:30 Light supper (bring salads/desserts!)
7:00-9:00 Live with YOU in the spotlight!
It's time for YOU to shine! Share what you do best! Perform a piece, present a poem, do a skit, stand-up comedy, harp duo, harp trio. Let's have a light and lively good time! Be sure to let Evie or Janet know what you wish to present!!!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Hammond Historical Museum Scottish Festival. (10 am - 4 pm)
Entrance fee of $5; harpers attend for free.
Join us for our 3rd annual Scottish Festival on July 11th, 2020! This year the Museum will host "The Battle on the Border", which will be a Strongman competition between Team USA and Team Canada.
For musical entertainment, the awesome"Celtibilly" band, Steel City Rovers, will return, Janet Witman, the Brandywine Harp Orchestra and harpers from our region will perform in harp ensemble, Devon English will bagpipe the kiltrace runners, & HUGs (Hammond Ukulele Group) will share many tunes.
Blacksmiths, spinners & weavers will demonstrate throughout the day. There will be an awesome Scottish obstacle course for the kids as well as a cool photo booth. Plenty of vendors will be selling their Celtic wares. Food will be available for purchase from 3 different food venues.
A 5K kilt race will start earlier in the day for ages 7 to adult. Details will be posted soon for discounts on early registrations.
So, come one, come all!! Spend a Scottish-themed day with us at the Hammond Historical Museum!!
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Janet and Orchestra members who remain will be playing ‘special music’ at Hammond Presbyterian Church, 217 St. Lawrence Avenue, Hammond, NY 13646 (4.4 miles from the Gallery).
Following the service, all are invited to walk the beautiful church labyrinth as harpers play or simply to stay on and enjoy.
Note to those seeking a place to swim in the River: 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.
For those seeking to kayak: thewanderingkayak.com drives its trailer filled with kayaks, paddles, waterproof phone protectors, safety vests—all required!— to various lakes in nearby Redwood.
Call or text Evie at 718-753-7947 for registration information!