On November 23, 2013, AHS-LA presented a FREE chamber music concert, in the beautiful auditorium of Diamond Bar High School

(venue sponsored by Diamond Bar High School Performing Arts Academy): 

"The Present... and the Future...

Celebrating New Music for Harp".

Some of Los Angeles' finest professional musicians presented harp solos and chamber music by living composers

The occasion also included the announcement of 

Los Angeles Celebration of the Harp: New Music Composition Competition,

made possible by a grant from the American Harp Society. 


The performers accept the audience's applause after the concert. 

L to R: April Chocholaty (flute), Linda-Rose Hembreiker (harp), Allison Allport (harp), Boglarka Kiss (flute), Alison Bjorkedal (harp), Chika Wie (viola).

A Program of Works by Living Composers



Allison Allport, harp 



April Chocholaty, flute 



Quantum Trio: April Chocholaty, flute, Chika Wie viola, Linda-Rose Hembreiker, harp 


Announcement of the Los Angeles Celebration of the Harp: New Music Composition Competition, made possible by a grant from the American Harp Society. 



Duo Ondine: Alison Bjorkedal, harp and Boglarka Kiss, flute 



Duo Ondine: Alison Bjorkedal, harp and Boglarka Kiss, flute 


Program Notes 


For Prelude, Robert Litton writes, “In 1999 John Williams composed the harp solo "the Lanes of Limerick" as part of his exquisite score for the film "Angela's Ashes". Fascinated with the instrument and mesmerized by JoAnn Turovsky's remarkable performance of the piece I eagerly awaited the day when I would find myself in the studio listening to her record my own solo. Almost ten years later Ms. Turovsky (whom I had since become close friends with) introduced me to the family of the late Ann Stockton, a legendary Hollywood studio harpist whose remarkable career spanned "Gone with the Wind" (1939) through "Schindler's List" (1994). I struck up a friendship with Mrs. Stockton's granddaughter Stephanie and from the time I spent with her and the Flournoy family I was given a wonderful sense of the remarkable person and musician Ann was. Inspired after a concert Stephanie and I attended (in which JoAnn performed a solo on Mrs. Stockton's harp) I at long last composed my harp solo, found myself in the studio listening to Ms. Turovsky record it, and shortly thereafter presented it as a gift to Stephanie on her 30th birthday.” 


Bati l’Gani for solo flute is based on a part of Song of Songs Ch 5 vs. 1 “I have come into my garden, My sister bride. I have gathered my myrrh with my spices, I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey, I have drunk my wine with my milk.” The song offers a glimpse of the intimacy between lovers, between the Creator and creation. 


Chapman Welch writes, “In Stratosphere Exit Scenarios, the musical materials are 'wound up' and allowed to run their course before being frozen in time. Each of the scenarios may be introduced with or without transitional material. This movement between frenetic energy and frozen repetition creates a sense that the music is being pushed into or falling from zero gravity. The piece was written for and is dedicated to Linda Rose-Hembreiker.” 


Erkki-Sven Tüür (born 1959) is an Estonian composer. Graafiline leht (Prints) was written in 1985 shortly after Tüür resigned from popular Estonia rock group In Spe



Commissioned by flutist Brad Garner and harpist Lynne Aspnes, The Song of the Lark (1989) by Charles Rochester Young was inspired after a painting of the same title by Jules Breton which is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The French ruralist work portrays a woman working in a field who is pleasantly charmed away from her work by the song of a lark which is seen in the distance. The piece uses extended techniques such as paper woven through the harp strings and wind blown through the flute as well as employing aleatoric (chance) elements. 


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