An Invitation to Harp Duo Performances

Pittsburgh Harp Duo

You are invited!
4 Concerts, 4 Locations
featuring harpists
Gretchen Van Hoesen and Natalie Severson

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
6:30 PM
Pittsburgh Harp Duo at Canterbury Place, Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh Harp Duo at Riverstone Books, McCandless, PA

Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:00 PM
Pittsburgh Harp Duo at St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley, PA

Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh Harp Duo at St. Vincents College, Archabbey Basilica Crypt

You are invited to come hear the debut performance of the Pittsburgh Harp Duo. What could be better than one harp.....two harps! Don’t miss your chance to experience these amazing concerts including never before heard arrangements and transcriptions of music by Dussek, Shocker, Hahn, Izmaylov, Debussy and Tournier.

April 2, 6:30 PM, Canterbury Place, UPMC, McVay Atrium, 310 Fisk Street in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh (near the corner of 40th street and Penn Avenue). Free of charge.

April 4, 7:00 PM, Riverstone Books, McCandless, PA. Free of charge, reception following the concert.

April 7, 3:00 PM, St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley, PA at the Music Plus Concert Series. Reception following. Free will offering at the door.

April 13, 7:00 PM, St. Vincent’s Basilica Crypt, Greensburg, PA. Tickets available at the door.

The Pittsburgh Harp Duo, comprised of Gretchen Van Hoesen and Natalie Severson, is excited to present a program of harp duos featuring never before heard arrangements and transcriptions.

Gretchen Van Hoesen is world renowned as one of the finest harpists of her generation. She has concertized all over the world and has been the principal harpist with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1977. Ms. Van Hoesen is a highly sought after pedagogue and is professor of harp at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University.

Natalie Severson enjoys a career as an accomplished harpist performing regularly as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is the recent second prizewinner in the American Harp Society’s National Competition in the Young Professional Division and was awarded Major Artist status with the Pittsburgh Concert Society in Spring 2017. 

Pittsburgh Harp Duo
Gretchen Van Hoesen and Natalie Severson

April 2, 2019 6:30 pm, Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh, PA
April 4, 2019 7:00 pm –Riverstone Books, McCandless, PA
April 7, 2019 3:00 pm – St. James Catholic Church, Sewickley, PA
 April 13, 2019  7:00 pm - St. Vincent’s Basilica Crypt, Greensburg, PA

Ancient Airs and Dances for Lute......................Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Trans. S. Chaloupka
     Ballet “Count Orlando”

Heavens Above...............................................................................Gary Shocker

Prélude, Valse et Rigaudon....................................Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Gretchen Van Hoesen


Duo Op. 11 .....................................................Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812)
     Allegro con espressione
     Romance, Larghetto
     Rondo, Allegro

Towards the Sun........................................................Andres Izmaylov (b. 1974) 

Clair de Lune .........................................................Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 
                                                                                                            Arr. J. Escosa

Féerie, Prélude and Dance ...................................Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)
for solo harp                          Gretchen Van Hoesen

Gretchen Van Hoesen has been Principal Harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1977. She presently holds the Virginia Campbell endowed Principal Harp Chair of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. Ms. Van Hoesen gave the New York premiere of the Alberto Ginastera Harp Concerto in 1976 and the Pittsburgh premiere in 1978. She has appeared as soloist with conductors André Previn, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Zdnek Macal, Sergiu Comissiona, and Pinchas Zukerman and has collaborated with flutists James Galway, Bernard Goldberg, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Emmanuel Pahud. Additional appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony have included performances of the Handel Concerto in B flat op. 6, #4, Danses Sacré et Profane by Debussy, Concierto Serenata by Joaquin Rodrigo, Aria in Classic Style by Grandjany, Rhapsody by Peggy Stuart Coolidge, Noels for Harp by Marcel Tournier and the Concerto for Harp by Rheinhold Gliere. Ms. Van Hoesen and her husband, PSO Co-Principal Oboe James Gorton, presented the Pittsburgh premiere of Witold Lutoslawski's Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series.  She gave the United States premiere of Suite Concertante for solo harp and orchestra by Manuel Moreno-Buendia in San Antonio, Texas, the North American premiere of Concert Piece Op. 65 for Oboe/English horn, Two Harps and Orchestra by Eugene Goosens. and the world premiere of Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Harp on the Pittsburgh Symphony subscription series. 

Gretchen Van Hoesen has concertized all over the world and was selected to perform in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, in the Super World Orchestra, an orchestra made up of key musicians from around the globe.  She has been a featured soloist at American Harp Society National Conferences in Boston, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Denton, Washington, D.C. and Fredonia. Ms.Van Hoesen has served as a judge for National Competitions of the American Harp Society and has been past President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society.

Gretchen Van Hoesen graduated from the Juilliard School of Music earning both B.M. and M.M. degrees in harp as a scholarship student of Marcel Grandjany and Susann McDonald. She is also a graduate of the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department with highest honors in piano and harp, where she was a student of Eileen Malone. She further studied with Gloria Agostini.

Her recordings include Lullabies and Night Songs on the Caedmon label, Pavanes, Pastorales, and Serenades for Oboe and Harp, and Concertos for Harp, CD’s on the Boston Records label, Genetic Harps, Romances for Violin and Harp, and Breath of Heaven, A Christmas Collection with Soprano Sarah Botkin.

Ms. Van Hoesen is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities and combines teaching there with private students at her home in Pittsburgh. She has given master classes at Duquesne University, the Eastman School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Illinois, the Aspen Music Festival, the National University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea, and has been an artist-lecturer on numerous series in Pittsburgh as well as throughout the country.  She was a faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2001-2006. She is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Harp Society. Her students have won numerous national awards and prizes.

Natalie Severson is an accomplished harp soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer based in Pittsburgh. She is the 2017 second-prize winner in the American Harp Society’s National Competition in the Young Professional Division and was also awarded Major Artist status with the Pittsburgh Concert Society in Spring 2017.
Severson has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra. She has worked with such esteemed conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Manfred Honeck, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Péter Eötvös. 
A passionate advocate for new music, Severson is a founding member of NAT 28, a Pittsburgh music collaborative. She has performed and premiered works by composers such as David Stock, Reza Vali and Erberk Eryilmaz. In February 2016, she premiered Jean-Patrick Besingrand's harp concerto, Sur les ailes du temps, with the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble. 
Severson earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in harp performance at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with PSO principal harpist Gretchen Van Hoesen. In 2014, she performed Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic as the winner of the School of Music's Concerto Competition. As an undergraduate, she majored in both harp performance and French & francophone studies, traveling to Courchevel, France on a scholarship from the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership. 
Severson performs regularly with Pittsburgh-based ensembles Incidental Chamber Players and Resonance Works, and enjoys playing in the pit orchestra for the Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol every December. She is adjunct harp professor at Chatham University and teaches in Carnegie Mellon’s summer preparatory school as well as maintaining a private studio of students of all ages. A Minneapolis native, Severson lives in Pittsburgh with her harp, Sir William. 


March 18, 2019
SE Luncheon Meeting
Redstone Highlands
Murrysville, PA 

March 20, 2019
PSA Board Meeting
11:30am -1:30pm
Heinz Hall

March 22-24, 2019
Peer Gynt
PSO, Heinz Hall

March 29-31, 2019
Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time
PNC POPS, Heinz Hall

March 30, 2019
Sensory Friendly Concert
Disney in Concert
Heinz Hall

April – June, 2019

April 5-7, 2019
Tchaikovsky and Brahms
PSO, Heinz Hall

April 11, 2019
PSA Rehearsal Luncheon
 (Previously Affiliates' Day)
Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms
, Heinz Hall, 12:00pm

April 12 & 14, 2019
Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff
Slatkin at 75!
PSO, Heinz Hall

April 14, 2019
Sunday Brunch
 Ohlsonn Plays Rachmaninoff
Slatkin at 75!
Dorothy Porter Simmons Regency Rooms, Heinz Hall

Traveling With PSO

Chris Wu, Susanne Park, Andrew Wickesberg, Anne Martindale Williams, Rhian Kenny, Pete Sullivan and special guest Paul Silver have returned from a week spent  fund-raising and friend-raising through Florida performing for more than 730 snowbirds--Pittsburghers who have moved to FL and friends not connected to Pittsburgh--who love classical music in Vero Beach, Jupiter, Sarasota, Naples (2 performances) and Palm Beach.  

"Many thanks to our musicians who not only performed incredibly memorable concerts but entertained each audience with fantastic stories about the music and themselves and then after late nights every night, woke up early to spend time with our donors in each city.  We also appreciate the numerous Board members, PSA members and other PSO family members who made us feel so welcome," said PSO CEO Melia Tourangeau.  A big shout out to the Development team especially Myra Toomey, Rachel Chuckran, Rebecca Anthony, Dawn McWilliams and Jessica Wolfe for their behind the scenes work making the trip a success and a big thank you to Brian Hughes and Andy Coleman from marketing for their work making sure all of our program books and invitations were perfect."

Fierce and Female

"Fierce and Female,"  PSO@ City of Asylum at Alphabet City on the North Side with  PSO Associate Conductor Andrés Franco, Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello, Lorna McGhee, Principal Flute, accompanied by Rodrigo Ojeda, piano, and local literary artists Eloisa Amezcua and Heather McNaugher. The evening’s program focused on the journeys of these accomplished female artists and included performances of works by composers Katherine Hoover and Valerie Coleman. 

PSO @ City of Asylum will conclude its 18-19 season with a night featuring conductor Leonard Slatkin on April 11 – mark your calendars now!

Lift Every Voice

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