June 6, 2017
The Camac Festivals are a fixture of our season, and last year we started to hold them not only in France, but also in the USA. We will do it again this year! In 2016, we took the Camac Festival to Pasadena, CA – and 2017 is the year of the East Coast, in Washington, DC.
In collaboration with our partners the Virginia Harp Center, we are looking forward to three days with exceptional artists from both sides of the Atlantic. It will also be your chance to beat those waiting lists by exploring our special exhibition, and to have your Camac harp serviced, gratis, by Liza Jensen.
Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the world’s greatest solo harpists live in recital! On Friday, November 3rd, our festival will open with none other than Isabelle Moretti. She will perform a classical programme, preceded by Janice Hur, a young winner of the Félix Godefroid International Competition. We will also enjoy some more unusual chamber music: Colleen Potter Thorburn in duo with Emily Boyer on the French horn.
Saturday, November 4th will continue bright and early, with our exhibition opening at 9AM, before a masterclass with Isabelle Moretti at 10AM. Please send in your applications to perform in the masterclass as soon as possible, as this always fills up overnight! In the afternoon, you can work with Nikolaz Cadoret, rising star of the lever harp firmament, in a dynamic Celtic workshop. By the evening, we’ll have done an expansive circle over the wide musical range of the twenty-first-century harp, as pop and jazz take to the stage. Addi and Jacq, recently crowned the “best emerging band in NYC” as winners of the NPR-WNYC Battle of the Boroughs, have a big, warm sound cleverly augmented by loops and processing. With their great blend of original songs and inspired covers, they’re not to be missed!
Charles Overton is another rising star, who we discovered in Pasadena and were so delighted, we immediately booked him for (in fact) both our festivals of 2017. Hear him in Lyon, hear him in Washington, but above all go and hear him, because you will be amazed. Another graduate of Felice Pomeranz’s famous class at Berkelee with a great future ahead of him, he will blow apart your perceptions of what is possible on the harp in jazz.
Sunday, November 5th will be the final day of the festival. There will be a pop harp workshop with Addi and Jacq in the morning, open to all ages and stages – own DHC not (yet) required! 14:30 on this day is also not the moment to first visit the exhibition – please come earlier, as we would hate you to be disappointed. Our commercial team will be at your service until our final concert, when Nikolaz Cadoret will take to the stage with no less than three young harp ensembles from the DC area. We are thrilled that the Maryland Classic Youth Harp Ensemble, directed by Monika Vasey, and Anastasia Pike and Michaela Trnkova’s Preparatory Harp Ensembles from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, all immediately accepted to be part of our grand finale.
Participation in our festival is completely free, but it is necessary to reserve your places. Please do so by contacting Megan Landfair of the Virginia Harp Center, via email or by calling (856) 428-1430.