CHQ in DC Part 1

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CHQ in DC Day 1:

Greetings from our nations capital!

This week was crazy – I had my studio recital for my students, organized a small meeting/luncheon for the local AHS chapter, played 3 gigs, skyped with my dear friend and composer Mark Oliverio to work out all sorts of fun prepared harp ideas! (Mark’s writing a piece for me and recorder that I’ll premiere in October in Sydney! http://www.markoliveiro.com http://www.aliciacrossley.com.au/Welcome.html) And on top of everything I practiced for the CHQ concert tomorrow at the Kennedy Center! Phew!

I flew in this afternoon and went for a jog around the National Mall, said hello to Lincoln and even joined a free boxing class in the park! Now I’m enjoying a delicious meal Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier followed by catching a friend’s performance at Black Cat. Because what else are you going to do when you don’t have a harp and the concert isn’t until tomorrow evening and the rest of the quartet isn’t around?!

Cathy flew in a few days ago to see some close friends, Lynn also got in earlier in the week to teach at NOI and Kelsey’s flight tonight was canceled because of this INSANE weather in DC and will be joining us tomorrow at noon.

Brunch tomorrow morning with Lynn’s parents who flew in from Georgia to be here for our performance! We always love having familiar faces in the audience. Extra nice this concert is being streamed because I know I’ll have friends and family watching all over the country 🙂 We arrive at the Kennedy Center for sound check at 4:15pm. The harps we are using for the concert are a 1 Lyon & Healy 23, 2 85CGs and a Venus Aria. Special thanks to the Virginia Harp Center, Diana Elliott and David Crookston for the harps! We all brought our iPads and even flew with our iPad stands, that’s how much we like them! Super duper quick sound check then doors open at 5:30pm and concert starts at 6. I’ll be backstage doing some power poses, stretching and deep breathing meditation before the hour long program with no intermission.

We had a traditional CHQ marathon 6 hour rehearsal/dinner/meeting last Sunday. Spent the majority of the rehearsal still working on Nick Davies piece for our concert at the Lyon & Healy Festival next month. We ran our program for the Kennedy Center, and oh my are you all in for a treat! We’ve been performing this repertoire all year and we are on fire!

It’s Kelsey’s 1 year anniversary with the quartet! (First performance June 17, 2014) We are so fortunate that the four of us are not only a great fit musically, but we love spending time together! We often remark how happy we are going through these performances together. So often we as harpists are on our own. I love walking back stage after completing a performance and giving each other huge hugs, smiles, and laughter all around!

Be sure to check out the performance tomorrow night 6pm EST LIVE broadcast here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/live/ or if you’re in the area tickets aren’t required and it’s FREE!

I would love to hear from you if you listen, Please let me know what you think! I want to hear from all you harpists out there!

On today’s flight I listened to:
Das Rheingold Berlin Philharmonic & Waking Up, a guide to spirituality without religion – Sam Harris

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I'm a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet and have performed with the Chicago, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Opera Australia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. I’ve performed with Janelle Monáe, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Ricardo Muti, and for the Steve Harvey Show on NBC.

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