2017-05-18 / Top News

Strings students in concert on Sunday


Don’t miss youngsters and advanced string students perform in a final season performance of the Allegheny Mountain String Project and the Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra this Sunday, 3 p.m. at Garth Newel Music Center. (Photo courtesy AMSP) Don’t miss youngsters and advanced string students perform in a final season performance of the Allegheny Mountain String Project and the Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra this Sunday, 3 p.m. at Garth Newel Music Center. (Photo courtesy AMSP) HOT SPRINGS – It began as an experimental program of Garth Newel Music Center with two instructors, a handful of curious students, and a vision to see a comprehensive strings program emerge in the Allegheny Highlands. The Allegheny Mountain String Project has grown to four instructors and an entire community of young string players.

Though the students can be seen throughout the area during the year — farmers markets, the Maple Festival, the Bath Bluegrass Jamboree, Ruritan clubs, senior centers, and even private events — they have one formal recital in each county where each student performs solo on stage with piano accompaniment, and a grand finale performance where they combine in small and large groups.

This year’s grand finale concert on Sunday will feature classical composers such as Bela Bartok and Camille Saint Saens, but will also include Irish and Celtic favorites and finish with the Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra’s theme of movies and guest soloists.

As a special treat, guest harpist Anna Odell will perform with the students this weekend. Praised for her “verve and virtuosity,” Odell is pursuing her master of music in harp performance on a full scholarship from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

She received her bachelor of music from the University of Toronto in 2012, and her artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015.

She has also studied at the Conservatoire de Nice in France, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Saratoga Harp Colony, and the National Orchestral Institute. She was principal harpist in AMSP instructor Gretta Sandberg’s high school orchestra program in McLean.

The Allegheny Mountain String Project is a program of Garth Newel Music Center, but it’s supported by foundations and groups that make the program low-cost and accessible to every local student. It would not exist without the support of the Alleghany Foundation, the Bath County Arts Association, the Bolar Ruritan Club, and the Highland County Arts Council.

Lessons are held at Garth Newel Music Center, the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and the Highland Center. All locations are accepting new students for the 2017-18 season; this concert is a great opportunity to see what AMSP is about and talk about enrollment for the fall.

The final concert will be held Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs.

For more information, contact the center at (540) 839-5018 or visit the website at www.garthnewel.org.

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