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Portrait of an Artist 4: Amy Ley, Harp

  • Pepper Bridge Winery 1704 J B George Rd Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Tonight’s performance has been made possible by the generosity of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Pop culture often depicts heaven as a place in the clouds with pearly gates. Angels clad in robes of classical Greek design soar to and fro on diminutive wings. One musical instrument above all others has come to be associated with such a scene, the harp.

Harpist Amy Ley will dispel as poppycock such frivolous notions of her chosen instrument. The harp stands six feet tall, weighs 90 pounds, and its 47 strings exert 4,400 pounds of pressure on the instrument’s soundboard. Try flying around in a toga carrying one of these babies!

And yet, Amy’s life as a musician is bound to this impractically large instrument. Third floor walk-up? Sure. Public transportation? Yup. The harp goes everywhere. This evening’s performance is sure to convince you why it is all worth it!



Concerto in B-Flat, Handel

solo from "Lucia di Lamermoor,” Donizetti

Ariadne’s Dance from “The Crown of Ariadne,” Schafer

Stairway to Heaven, Led Zeppelin


Bordel 1900 from "L’Histoire du Tango,” Piazzola — with Timothy Christie


Artist: Amy Ley, harp

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Doors open at 5:00pm