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Alex Tibbitts: Playing to her harp's delight / Tugging at your heartstrings


Fanfaire Foundation in partnership with the the Escondido Public Library presents San Diego harpist Alexandra Tibbitts in her second appearance at the Turrentine Room on November 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. as part of the Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series. She performs an eclectic mix of classical music for audiences of all ages on her harp, Francis (named after a certain Francis Albert Sinatra). Certain to tug at your heartstrings, Alex put together a riveting program that includes beautiful arrangements for solo harp and a duo for harp and violin featuring violinist Flavia Pisco.

A postlude by 11-year old pianist Tyler Kim, who will perform pieces by Tchaikovsky and Chopin, introduces FanFaire Foundation’s “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program to the Escondido audience.


Alexandra Tibbitts, harp …………………………………………….. Malagueña – Ernesto Lecuona (1895 – 1963 arr. Marcel Grandjany)

Alexandra Tibbitts, harp & Flavia Pisco, violin……………………Fantasie op. 124 for violin and harp—Saint-Saëns (1835—1921)

‪Variations on a Theme – Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

Suite Galactique Op. 39 pour harpe solo – Caroline Lizotte (b. 1969)


Hymne au Bon Combat

Scherzo del Pueblo

Rhapsodie – Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975)


Tyler Kim ………………………………………………………………P. I. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. 19 No.4
Tyler Kim ………………………………………………………………Franz Schubert: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat Major (performed @ RSFGarden CLub last Sunday)

Free and open to the public, the concert is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.

For more information, please call (760) 839-4839 or (760) 666-1810 OR visit the library online at .

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025.

About ALEX:

Alexandra (Alex) Tibbitts’ musical journey began in Davis, California, where she was exposed to musical theatre at age four and quickly learned to sing the songs she loved from that genre. By the age of six she started playing the piano and became increasingly involved in performing. Alhough she still enjoys singing and playing the piano, the harp has been her main instrument since she first started playing it at age twelve.

Ms. Tibbitts has spent her summers traveling across North America from California to Washington, Utah, Georgia, New York, and Vancouver B.C. to study with various mentors, including but not limited to: Isabelle Perrin, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Judy Loman, and Julie Ann Smith. Ms. Tibbitts won the 2012 Soloist Competition at SDSU and in May 2013 she performed Debussy’s Danses Sacre et Profane with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra. She serves as the Principal Harpist with the SDSU Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.

A very promising talented young artist, Alex is continually excited by the new places her passions take her, whether it be classical music, jazz, composition and arrangement, or solo and symphony work. Her journey toward a full-fledged career in harp performance and composing was set back for a year by an accident which almost took her life. But her passion for music and her rock-solid determination has brought her back to the stage both as a performer and composer. Alex is thrilled to be able to share her love for music by playing the harp for audiences of all ages. Her experience as a performer has inspired her to explore composing classical as well as experimental works and she continues to collaborate with a broad spectrum of musicians in a variety of genres. She will receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Harp Performance from San Diego State University (SDSU) in Fall 2013.


Flavia Pisco comes from a family of musicians. She has experimented with both classical and popular music. Her experience ranges from playing in professional orchestras led by famous conductors like Ira Levin and Kurt Masur, to accompanying famous Brazilian popular singers such as Roberta Sa and Ney Matogrosso.  Flavia blends this background into a charming presentation of classical and popular solo music which she can perform in the standard stationary position or “on stroll”, weaving through the audience.  A graduate of the University of Brasilia, Flavia completed her master’s degree in violin performance on a full scholarship at Pennsylvania Atate University shere was violin teaching assistant to Dr. Max Zorin.  SHe also played in the University orchestra and the Graduate String Quartet.  In 2011 she was awarded a “jury recognition” recital by the University and invited to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante as a soloist with the Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra.  Currently an Artist Diploma student at San Diego Sate University where she is a Lieberflower scholarship recipient, Flavia is part of Cuerdas del Mar, a violin and guitar duo that performs extensively throughout San Diego.  An experienced pedagogue, Flavia is a member of the San Diego Youth Symphony teaching staff.

About TYLER:

Tyler, a member of FanFaire Foundation’s “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program writes:

“I am 11 years old.  I started playing piano when I was 6 years old.  For the last year, I have had the privilege of studying under Inessa Litvin.  She has helped me focus and take piano more seriously.  I love learning new pieces, but find it hard work to polish a piece.  But when I see the end result, I can understand why all the hard work is necessary.  I love playing piano because it allows me to express so many different emotions.  My favorite composer is Chopin and my current repertoire includes works by him as well as Mozart Schubert, Slonimsky, and Tchiakovsky.  This year, I won First Places in the MTAC Sonata and Concerto competitions and the Inland Empire Festival.  Las July, I performed in Vienna, Austria with the Vienna Internation Orchestra at the Palais Auersberg where Mozrt performed.”




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