Lycoming College Valentine’s Day Harp Concert
Treat your date to an unforgettable Valentine’s with an evening of the world’s most romantic music performed on the most heavenly instrument – the harp. On this February 14 we honor Cupid and St. Valentine with music that whispers and sighs, swoops and soars, and, above all, exalts the enduring power of love.
Harpist Anne Sullivan, in collaboration with local guest artists, brings the magical sound of the harp to this special program featuring love songs from stage and screen, including music of Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story. Add in some heat of Latin tango music and the passionate melodies of star-crossed lovers and your evening will be truly memorable.
Anne Sullivan’s music has been called, “…sublime, heavenly and intensely emotional…” and “…not your ordinary harp music.” “Ms. Sullivan’s harp is able to project at times the simple beauty usually associated with solo piano and at others the richness of a full orchestra, a feat truly astounding from a solo harp.”
Anne Sullivan began her career as a concert harpist at age twelve when she appeared twice as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A native of the Philadelphia area and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and symphonic soloist. Her orchestral appearances have included engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Symphony where she was principal harpist, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has accompanied many classical and popular artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra and Roger Daltrey of The Who. She has been listed in “Who’s Who of Rising Young Americans” and “2000 Notable American Women.”
Recent accomplishments include the release of her second solo CD, Break Forth and a live concert recording, Duo Parisienne, with Nancy Bean, former assistant concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also founded the Shade Mountain Winery Chamber Music Series in Middleburg, Pa., which presents three concerts each year, and the Harp in the Mountains Summer Festival, a summer music camp for student harpists.
In 1986 she co-founded the flute and harp duo SPARX with flutist Joan Sparks. The duo has appeared in concert across the country and received numerous national awards, including awards from Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association. SPARX was featured in 2009 the national convention of the National Flute Association in New York City, performing the Sonata for Flute and Harp that they commissioned from composer Lowell Liebermann, and more recently at the 2017 convention featuring their latest commission from composer Daniel Dorff. The duo has released three CD recordings: Reflections, The Power of Two and Christmas Echoes.
Sullivan was a member of the music theory faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1982-2002. She is the author and arranger of more than three dozen works for harp and has published a series of ear training books specifically for the harp student. She enjoys helping harpists worldwide through her online membership program at Harpmastery.com, which currently has over 100 students enrolled from around the world.”