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Harp Concert At Hope Lutheran Church

OAKHURST – Duo Pangelica will present a concert of music for two harps on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of Hope Lutheran Church in Oakhurst.

Pangelica features the talents of Ellie Choate of Coarsegold and Long Beach, and Jacquelyn Venter of Folsom. They also appear regularly as founding members of The American Harp Quartet.

Their Sunday afternoon musicale will feature works of Bernard Andres, Dominick Argento, C.P.E. Bach, Franck, Handel, as well as a rarely performed transcription of movements from Ravel’s “Tombeau de Couperin.”

Ellie Choate is one of the most renowned harpists in Southern California’s vital musical scene whose musical versatility has afforded her the opportunity to touch virtually every area of music making. She is as likely to be found in the opera or symphony orchestra as on stage backing headline artists.

Ellie has worked “behind the scenes” on the musical scores of numerous major motion pictures and recordings, and on camera for movies and television shows. She is an active soloist and chamber musician playing for events and concerts all across Southern and Central California, as well as producing a critically acclaimed series of CDs, and is certified as a therapeutic harp practitioner.

Ellie is on the applied music faculty at UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, and Riverside Community College, and maintains a busy private studio.

Jacquelyn Venter is an active performer and teacher whose performance has been described as “lovely, meditative, and exquisitely played.” Dr. Venter has been featured as a guest artist with the Grammy award winning choir ensemble, Conspirare. Their album Samuel Barber: An American Romantic debuted at number ten on the Billboard Charts.

Venter had an active career in Iowa as principal harpist for the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, South East Iowa, and the Central Iowa Symphony Orchestras. She has held faculty positions at Luther College, the UNI Suzuki School, University of Texas String Project, Longhorn Music Camp, Round Rock Independent School District, and served as director of the Young Texas Harp Ensemble.

Having recently relocated to Sacramento, she is currently serving on the music faculty of William Jessup University and maintains a private studio.

Suggested donation for the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for school aged children.

When?: Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.

Where: Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst.

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