USA International Harp Competition presents Elizabeth Hainen
November 2, 2018 | 7:00 P.M.
Ash & Elm Cider Co.
Join us for an intimate concert featuring Elizabeth Hainen, Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, at 7:00pm on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Ash & Elm Cider Co. in Indianapolis. Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “her ability to blend and color the musical line,” and “to find transparency in an almost timeless atmosphere", this is a concert you won't want to miss! Ms. Hainen will be performing selections from her newest CD, Home, including works by Bach, Sting, and Debussy. A cash bar will be available for audience members to enjoy Ash & Elm cider and snacks during the concert. We hope to see you there!
Ash & Elm Cider Co.
2104 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 4620
Free parking is available across the street and behind the Ash & Elm building. Crossing guards will be present to help audience members cross the street.
$25 - General Admission
$15 - Student Admission
About Elizabeth Hainen
Elizabeth Hainen has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. Hainen has thrilled audiences throughout the world with programs showcasing the diversity—and virtuosity—of her modern-day instrument. As Solo Harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra for over 20 years, she has presented numerous featured performances to captivated audiences. In addition to The Philadelphia Orchestra, she has appeared as a featured soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Symphony, Bulgaria National Radio Orchestra, Camerata Ducale in Italy, Chicago Civic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iris Orchestra, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Columbia, the Vancouver Symphony, and in numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. “She is a complete harpist who knows and uses her instrument’s strength and brilliance and strikes its fire,” says the Miami Herald’s James Roos. “You miss nothing she wants you to hear.”
As a contemporary and chamber music enthusiast, Hainen has launched major commissioning projects, including works by Pulitzer Prize winners Bernard Rands and Melinda Wagner, the latter being a world premiere of Pan Journal with the Juilliard String Quartet for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In 2014-15, Hainen treated audiences to the premiere of Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women commissioned for her by The Philadelphia Orchestra and written for her by acclaimed Beijing Olympics composer Tan Dun creating a groundbreaking work for the harp community and classical fans. In 2015, Yannick Nézet-Séguin championed Tan Dun’s masterpiece with Hainen and The Philadelphia Orchestra throughout China.
A highly sought after harp pedagogue, Hainen serves on the faculties of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and Boyer School of Music at Temple University and has been invited to adjudicate major international harp competitions in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. In 2004 she founded the Saratoga Harp Colony, and this legacy continues in Philadelphia as the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony presented by Curtis’ Summerfest. Her nonprofit foundation, The Lyra Society introduces the harp to underserved students in the Philadelphia community, expands the harp repertoire by commissioning gifted composers, and educates young people through music.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Elizabeth Hainen began the harp at age ten. Her extraordinary progress took her to her mentor and teacher, Susann McDonald, at Indiana University School of Music where she was awarded the “Performance Certificate,” and two degrees in performance. Ms. Hainen has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Winner of the American String Teachers Association and the Chicago Symphony Civic Orchestra Competitions, and Silver Medalist at the First USA International Harp Competition.