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Elizabeth Hainen

Sunday, October 27

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

LiveConnections presents Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and internationally acclaimed soloist. The Halloween brunch features spooky works from her newest album, including Debussy “Danses sacrée et profane” and Caplet “Conte Fantastique (The Masque of the Red Death).”

Elizabeth will be joined by a quartet of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians: William Polk, violin; Amy Oshiro-Morales, violin; Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, viola; and Yumi Kendall, cello.

Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will make a special guest appearance performing the kora, a West African harp, and reciting Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.”

Enjoy a delicious brunch while the music gives you goosebumps! Doors open at 11:00am for a seated show at 12:00 noon in the intimate Downstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, LiveConnections creates innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and education. Our ClassicAlive concert series expands boundaries of classical music, presenting unique collaborations and fresh projects in the intimate atmosphere of our partner venue World Cafe Live.

$20 general admission
$15 students with ID
(prices include service charges)

About the Artists

Elizabeth Hainen, harp, has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hailed by the Washington Post for her “unusual presence with silky transparency” and by the New York Times for her “earthy solidarity,” Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument. As solo harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1994, she has presented numerous featured performances to captivated audiences and has been praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “her ability to blend and color the musical line,” and “to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere.”

In high demand as a guest artist, Hainen has collaborated with such eminent conductors and musicians as Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra, she has appeared as a featured soloist with the City of London Sinfonia, the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, the Bulgaria National Radio Orchestra, Camerata Ducale in Italy, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphony, the Vienna Boys Choir and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. Hainen serves on the faculties of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University.

[Image: Amanda Stevenson Photography]

Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller & kora, is a narrator, storyteller, librettist, instrumentalist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad, including the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Kimmel Center, Women of the World Festival (South Africa), as well as prisons, detention centers and a refugee camp in northern Senegal. She breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere or the 21-stringed kora.

In 1991, Charlotte became the first storyteller to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra and, since 1994, she has been the host of “Sound All Around,” the orchestra’s preschool concert series. She has also been a featured narrator for The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Charlotte has received numerous honors including the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly,” the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Artist Of The Year Award (The Hazlett Memorial Award) and the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award bestowed by the National Association of Black Storytellers. Her stories are available by downloading the Tales 2 Go application for the iPhone.

[Image: Annie Cameron]