Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of Mike and Sue Gillespie.
In an interesting coincidence the Festival returns to TERO Estates with music of Claude Debussy for a second year in a row. The ragtime shenanigans of Golliwog from our 2014 Season give way to a pair of dances for harp and strings: one sacred and one profane. Profane, of course, means "secular", and does not refer to any four-letter words uttered during performance. The so-called profane dance is a gentle waltz-like movement, while the sacred dance has a dignified processional quality. Debussy composed the work at the request of an instrument maker in Paris to show what the newly invented cross-strung chromatic harp could do. Like Betamax in the 1980’s, the cross-strung chromatic harp ultimately lost out to the VHS-like concert pedal harp. Happily, Debussy’s beautiful work remains, and is equally suited to the winning instrument heard tonight.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Danse Sacré et Danse Profane for harp and strings
Doors open at 5:00pm
NOTE: This performance is scheduled to be outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will move indoors to the barrel room. Barrel rooms tend to be quite cool. Please check the weather before coming, and bring a light sweater if it looks like the elements are not cooperating.