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The HARP & ALEXANDRA TIBBITTS

FanFaire Foundation presented San Diego harpist ALEXANDRA TIBBITTS in a series of FREE FAMILY CONCERTS held in February 2012 throughout San Diego County.

The solo recital performances. which were open to the public, featured music either originally written or transcribed for the harp. The program specially put together by up and coming San Diego harpist Alexandra Tibbitts spanned five centuries of music and showcased the extraordinary range of sounds and styles of what the harp, possibly the world’s oldest musical instrument, can offer. Works composed for the harp included 16th through 19th century pieces by Spanish composers Antonio de Cabezon, Francisco Palero and Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, the German composer Albert Zabel, and the French composer Marcel Tournier as well as a prize-winning piece by the well-known contemporary British composer-harpist David Watkins. Harp transcriptions included an arabesque by the French Impressionist Claude Debussy and a tango by the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla. Ms. Tibbitts complemented her performance with informative and entertaining commentaries on the harp and the music she has chosen to play. Each recital was a wonderful introduction to the harp, an afternoon of music both ethereal and delightful and except for the Escondido Library performance included a prelude performance by one or more members of FanFaire Foundation’s popular “KIDS Playing For KIDS” program.

PROGRAM:

La Source ………………………….. Albert Zabel (1834-1910)

First Arabesque…………………….Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arr. H. Renie

Libertango………………………….. A. Piazzolla (1921-1992) arr. Maria Rayan-Forero

Petite Suite for Harp………………..David Watkins
Prelude
Nocturne
Fire Dance

Intermission

Pavane and Variations…………………Antonio de Cabezon (1510-1566)

Romance……………………………….. Francisco Palero (16th century)

Hachas………………………………….. Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz (17th century)

Feerie……………………………………. Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)
Prelude et Danse

ALEX also played the harp at the HOLIDAY SING-ALONG at the Escondido Public Library and a program of HOLIDAY HARP MUSIC at Point Loma Credit Union.
 
ABOUT ALEXANDRA:

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. Though she still enjoys singing and playing the piano, the harp has been her main instrument since she first started playing at age twelve.

Alex has studied with with mentors across North America from California to Washington, Utah, Georgia, New York, and Vancouver B.C., including Isabelle Perrin, Dr. Carrol McLaughlin, Judy Loman, and Julie Ann Smith. At San Diego State University, she serves as the Principal Harpist for the university’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. Her experience as a performer has recently inspired her to explore composing classical as well as experimental works and to collaborate with a broad spectrum of musicians in a variety of genres. She is thrilled to be able to share her passion for music with audiences of all ages on her harp, Francis (named after a certain Francis Albert Sinatra). 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.

WHERE and WHEN:
3:00 pm Saturday February 11, 2012 – Turrentine Room, Escondido Public Library
239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido
2:00 pm Sunday February 12, 2012 — La Jolla Public Library
7555 Draper Avenue San Diego
1:00 pm Saturday February 25, 2011 – Logan Heights Branch Library
567 So. 28th St., San Diego

TICKETS: FREE

FanFaire Foundation recently presented Alex at the 2011 HOLIDAY FAMILY SING-ALONG at the Escondido Public Library and at the POINT LOMA CREDIT UNION’S 2011 MEMBERS’ APPRECIATION DAY.

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