Symphony Tacoma presents ‘Earth Songs from the Harp’

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Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. Courtesy of Broadway Center

Composer, performer, singer, author, cartoonist, comedian, electric harpist – mix those and you begin to describe Deborah Henson-Conant. Symphony Tacoma is thrilled to perform with this phenom for our community. The Grammy-nominated artist was on NBC, CBS, CNN, and starred in two PBS specials. Nicknamed “Jimi Hendrix of the Harp,” Henson-Conant (with her rock star leather-and-boots attire) will draw ticket-buyers across demographics. She transfixes audiences with her electric-harp strapped on like a guitar, making it wail like Led Zeppelin or enchant with Celtic folk songs. Sounds come from its 32-strings that nobody would predict: blues, jazz, flamenco, distortion…. Symphony Tacoma anticipates incorporating an interactive audience-education session along with this show. Henson-Conant, Symphony Tacoma Conductor Sarah Ioannides, and the principal harp player plan to hold a “post-concert talkback” giving insights into the repertoire, answer student Q&A and offer the opportunity to see the famous electric harp up-close.

The show takes place Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Pantages Theater (901 Broadway, Tacoma).

Tickets are $19.50, $46, $61.25 and $81.50. For more information, visit www.broadwaycenter.org.

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