June 7, 2012

Owens Community College to Host American Harp Society Day Ensemble Concert, June 21

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents with a passion and enjoyment of music are invited to attend a unique ensemble performance featuring 14 harpists as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts serves as host to the 15th annual American Harp Society Day Ensemble Concert on Thursday, June 21.

Presented by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The performance is free and open to the public.

“The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society is very excited to once again collaborate with Owens Community College and present a fun and dazzling performance for the surrounding communities,” said Denise Grupp-Verbon, Owens Adjunct Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts and Co-Founder of Harp Week. “This year’s concert will feature 14 harpists of various ages and diverse backgrounds. Attendees will not be disappointed with the musical variety and stylistic flourishes of this year’s presentation.”

The concert is the culmination of Harp Week, which is four days (June 18-21) of ensemble rehearsals and practical application workshops sponsored in part by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society and the College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts. This year, Owens Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Eric Wallack will provide a guest workshop as part of the event. Harp Week is open to any harpist who has played for at least one year.

Harpists ranging from beginners to professionals will be strumming both familiar and original tunes throughout the evening concert.

The American Harp Society was founded in 1962 in response to the growing needs of harpists as performers, teachers and students. Its mission is to encourage and cultivate the enjoyment of the harp as a musical instrument, to support the composition of the music and to advance the quality of ability for performing harpists. The society has flourished since its founding and now consists of more than 3,000 members with chapters throughout the world.

The Northwest Ohio Chapter was established in the mid 1970s with the mission of preserving, promoting and presenting the harp and its music in the community. The chapter’s initiatives include promoting the study of the harp by providing scholarship opportunities and instruments and serving as a co-sponsor of Harp Week since its inception in 1998.

Individuals participating in Harp Week and the concert are Alicia Allen of Toledo, Caili Bonar of Whitehouse, Emily Cihon of Maumee, Elise Clines of Maumee, Sydney Conard of Perrysburg, Gabriella Crisp of Metamora, Hannah Kloster of Perrysburg, Jennifer Meehan of Toledo, Kaitlynn McCamey of Perrysburg, Debbie Roberts of Toledo, Denise Grupp-Verbon of Toledo (Co-Founder and Co-Director) and Nancy Lendrim of Sylvania (Co-Founder and Co-Director).

For more information about the concert, contact the Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.