I've enjoyed performing for several services at The First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, NC over the past two years. I was thrilled to record prelude music for their YouTube service on September 13, 2020. I hope you enjoy my rendition of J. S. Bach's Prelude in C and this online worship service!
I've enjoyed performing for a few services at The First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, NC over the past two years. Their livestream service for August 9, 2020 included harp music previously recorded at services held last year. I hope you enjoy this online worship service!
Prelude: Angelus by Henriette Renié (starts at 0:25)
Performed on March 24, 2019 by Kela Walton, Harpist
Anthem: Jesus, Lover of My Soul by Philip Stopford (starts at 9:25)
Performed by The First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir on March 24, 2019 Directed by Dr. Michael Lancaster; Kela Walton, Harpist; Angie Jenkins, Organist
I was so honored to be invited to perform for this livestream service on June 7, 2020, and it was my first time performing in person with other musicians since the pandemic began. I hope you enjoy this online worship service!
Opening Voluntary: Balm in Gilead - African American Spiritual arr. Rhett Barnwell (starts at 1:30)
Offertory: Be Thou My Vision arranged by Alice Parker (starts at 41:40)
Performed by The Quarantine Quartet, Directed by Andrew Holt; accompanied by Kela Walton, Harpist; Marcia Andrews, Organist
Communion Music: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need - Appalachian hymn arr. Erin Hansen (starts at 52:50)
This episode of Together SpARTanburg is all about harp! Principal Harpist Emily Waggoner and I discuss the harp's history, its place in the orchestra, and perform from our homes. Music featured includes a duet version of Jupiter from Gustav Holst's The Planets based on arrangement for two harps by Janet Witman, as well as the harp variation from The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten, and the Waltz of the Flowers cadenza from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Thank you to the Spartanburg Philharmonic for including harps in this wonderful online series!
Naxos released the Respighi: Roman Trilogy recording by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra today! In May and June of 2018 during my brief time as acting principal harpist with the BPO, the orchestra recorded Respighi's trilogy of tone-poems celebrating Rome. My sweet friend Catherine Case flew to Buffalo to play second harp for the concerts and the recording sessions. Catherine and I met in graduate school, and I've always been in awe of her amazing harp skills. Not surprisingly she is also supremely gifted at playing in a section, which is an art we harpists don't get to practice very often. Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome) tracks 5-8 and Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome) tracks 9-12 includes Catherine and I playing both my new and my old Salzedo model harps! Respighi did not include harp in Feste Roman (Roman Festivals). I suppose he didn't think the harp was raucous enough for the revelry at festivals, and perhaps he decided between the piano, organ, mandolin, strings, and three or more of every type of wind and brass instrument there just wasn't room for harp?
It is interesting how life moves in circles. My husband, conductor Stefan Sanders, and I spent most of our honeymoon in Rome. We rented a Vespa and spent a week scooting around looking at the very trees, roads, and fountains Respighi so eloquently captures. We even joked about hearing his music in our heads as we saw the sights, and sang the themes together while we ate gelato. When I first met Stefan he was a member of the BPO trombone section, and who would have thought that all these years, one honeymoon, and a few jobs later I would get to record Respighi with the same orchestra? I'm so grateful to Music Director JoAnn Falletta for inviting me to play with the BPO and be a part of this project.
The recording is available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify or your favorite music streaming service.
I'm pleased to share another article I've written for the Harp Column!
Rules for Relocating: A harpist’s guide to setting up shop in a new city
Transitions in life, like transitions in music, can be tough. Whether you are just out of college and building your harp business, or a new job takes you away from your established harp life, relocating is not easy. I know! I’ve moved twice in the past five years, and have some ideas that may help your next transition go more smoothly.
Harp Column Subscribers can read the full article here: https://harpcolumn.com
During my brief but action packed tenure as the acting principal harpist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, the orchestra recorded a brand new trumpet concerto which is included in the latest recording released today from the Beau Fleuve label. Jaakko Kuusisto's Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra was composed for BPO principal trumpet (and my dear friend) Alex Jokipii. Alex spent a year studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki where he became acquainted with fellow student Jaakko Kuusisto. In 2015 the pair reconnected when Kuusisto came to the BPO for the American premiere of his violin concerto, and the idea for the trumpet concerto was born. I had the pleasure of meeting Kuusisto and recording the trumpet concerto live with Alex and the BPO in May of 2018.
I was not performing with the BPO when the other two concertos were recorded, but I'm a big fan of both of the other soloists featured: Feng Hew and Anna Mattix. Composer Rob Deemer and I were in school at UT Austin together, and he is now the director of the Institute for Composer Diversity at SUNY Fredonia which is doing amazing work promoting music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups. I also enjoyed working with composer Caroline Mallonee during my time in Buffalo on one of her chamber music pieces, Curtains of Light, which coincidentally cellist Feng Hew and I premiered along with our fellow musicians from the Buffalo Chamber Players in 2017.
The recording is available from the Kleinhans Music Hall box office or the BPO online store.
Way back in May of 2017 I had the pleasure of playing second harp for this recording session with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and principal harpist Suzanne Thomas. I am so honored to be a part of performing some of the most incredible music ever written, and I can hardly believe that I'm on a Naxos recording! Being on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall when the BPO plays Wagner is something I will never forget, and I'm so grateful to Suzanne Thomas and Music Director JoAnn Falletta for inviting me to be a part of this project. Yours truly can be heard on track 1 Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold, track 3 Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre, track 6 Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music from Götterdämerung, and track 7 Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from Götterdämerung.
The recording is available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite music streaming service.
Subbing with an ensemble can be both an exciting and daunting task. Whether you are playing second harp with a professional orchestra, a student subbing with a community band, or a freelancer filling in for a few nights of a long-running show, when you find yourself in a substitute situation for a gig, these tips will make your brief time with any group a success.
Harp Column subscribers can read the full article here: www.harpcolumn.com/fitting-in/
Stay tuned for the latest news from Kela Walton.