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  • Type: Special Event
    Date: Saturday - 2/18/2017
    Time: See Notes
    Hawaii Public Radio (HPR)
    Atherton Performing Arts Studio
    738 Kaheka Street
    Honolulu, HI 96814

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Harp, Piano, and Soprano in Rare Combinations in Atherton Studio, February 18

Hawaiʻi Public Radio presents an evening of unique duo and trio chamber music for harp, piano, and soprano in its Atherton Studio on Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. Harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward and pianist Susan Wingrove-Reed have discovered some rare pieces that explore the sonic interactions possible between their two instruments. They expand their repertoire further with vocalist Rachel Schutz in a program that spans Romantic, Impressionist, Classical, and Contemporary Avant-Garde genres.

Reservations for this Atherton event may be made online at or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; service fees are applied to online orders. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open a half hour before the performance. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.

About the artists

Megan Bledsoe Ward has been hailed by Downbeat Magazine for her "sharp musical intelligence" and "scintillating plays of light and subtle colors." Her debut album, Pacific Harp Project, was awarded the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts.

Ward holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Harp Performance from University of Washington, Master of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Literature, a Master of Arts Degree in Music Theory Pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Literature. Based in Honolulu, Ward currently performs and teaches throughout the United States.

Susan Wingrove-Reed has played Principal Keyboard with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years. She earned a Bachelor's in Piano Performance and MAT at Indiana University, returning home to Alaska as an education consultant, public school music teacher, and pianist. She received an Alaska Governor's Award for her contributions in arts education.

Wingrove-Reed plays regularly for the Alaska All-State HS Honor Choir, Hiland Women's Prison Orchestra, Alaska Chamber Singers, and the Sitka Fine Arts Camps. She is the resident music educator (pre-concert lectures and program notes) for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and the Anchorage Symphony and does outreach/tour performances with the SSMF.

Hailed for her "diamantine high notes… and giddily delirious coloratura" Welsh-born soprano Rachel Schutz is active both in the opera house and on the concert stage, having performed extensively around the United States, Europe, and Asia. Notable appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Zankel Hall, Santa Fe Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Ojai Festival, Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Parallèle, Stockton Opera, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Riverside Symphony, and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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About HPR's Atherton Performing Arts Studio

The Atherton Studio seats 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The Studio is available for rent for musical performances, community group meetings, and lectures. It is located in the HPR office and studio complex at 738 Kaheka Street, across from the Honolulu Don Quijote. Metered street parking is available, as are paid lots at the First Hawaiian Bank (Kapi‘olani branch) and in the Pan Am building.

About Hawaii Public Radio

HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawaii Public Radio. In October 2013, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its second consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

HPR's mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and West Hawai‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); and East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and 94.7 FM (Waimea)). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM)

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