International Harpists and Fiddle player to come to Ballarat
International Harpists and Fiddle player to come to Ballarat The Friends of Minerva present The Magic of the Harp The Friends of Minerva, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) fundraisers, are presenting an afternoon of delightful, world-‐class musical entertainment with The Magic of the Harp. For the first time in Ballarat, lovers of music will have the opportunity to hear three of the world’s finest harpists. Maria Christina Cleary though Irish born now lives in France and is one of the world’s early harp specialists; Catriona McKay is Scotland’s foremost exponent of folk harp and Mary Doumany is Australia’s jazz harpist extraordinare. Catriona McKay will also be accompanied by the brilliant Scottish fiddler Chris Stout. These four very different artists from three contrasting genres will share the magic of their instruments to bring a range of music, from Celtic, folk and jazz. Wherever there is a harp, magic will surely follow. Through the ages harps have enchanted listeners in churches, concert halls, private houses, hospitals, gardens and bars and now in the beautifully restored Minerva Space at the BMI. Ann Cato, President of the BMI said that it was an absolute privilege to present The Magic of the Harp. “The three harpists are attending the 12th World Harp Congress in Sydney. We are so very fortunate that they, and Chris Stout a Shetland fiddler, have made the commitment to come to Ballarat to perform for us,” Mrs Cato said. “It is an exceptional opportunity to listen, and see, world class performers. I know that our community will support and embrace this wonderful performance,” she said. Tickets: general price $30, concession $25 BMI member and “Friend” of the Art Gallery, Sovereign Hill or Botanic Gardens $25 Tickets available through the BMI website or 5331 3042 Date: Sunday 27 July Time: 5.00 pm Venue: Minerva Space, BMI, 117 Sturt Street Ballarat.