Electric Harpist Continues Library Series

Posted on 11/26/2014 12:59:19 PM

Deborah Henson-Conant With her electric harp, voice, and a looper pedal, Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated one-woman orchestra who legendary Tonight Show trumpeter Doc Severinsen calls the “Wild Woman of the Harp.” Come meet this amazing musician in a Question and Answer session and mini-preview performance from 12:00–1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in the Stapleton Library Commons.

Deborah’s signature instrument is an 11-pound, carbon-fiber electric harp, designed specifically for her by the Camac Harp Company in France. It’s now one of the fastest-selling new harp models in the world and carries her name, the “DHC Light.” 

Forget the demure harpist, forget the classical music, and forget dozing off in the back row. Henson-Conant is a showman, entertainer, and solid musician who’s been compared to musical greats from Leonard Bernstein to Elvis Presley. 

She’s toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, and  jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. She’s been featured on television shows from Charlie Rose to Joan Rivers and The View and in two full-length PBS music specials, and iconic rock guitarist Steve Vai says she’s the “Jimi Hendrix of the harp.”

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet a musician who has done nothing but break new ground her entire musical career and life.

This outreach session is presented by ArtsPath, the arts-in-education program of the Lively Arts, in advance of her evening performance at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium on Thursday, December 4.  For more information, contact Jeff Wacker at the Lively Arts at jwacker@iup.edu, or at 724-357-2787.