June 27 - July 6 2015
Christina Brier and Kathryn Sloat of Lilac 94 are traveling to the midwest to share an oddity: two harps, traditionally classical instruments, playing decidedly nontraditional music. All of the pieces they will perform on the concert were written in the last fifteen years, several of them written specifically for Lilac 94. Last summer Christina and Kate spent two weeks at the Fresh Inc Festival in Wisconsin, where they worked with young composers on new music for their harp duo. One of these new pieces includes “The Juniper Tree” by Rebecca Larkin, which depicts a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Other pieces that will be featured on the program include a double harp cadenza, dance music for two harps, and a collaboration with Chicago flutist Jenni Shanahan, whom they also met and worked with at the Fresh Inc Festival.
The centerpiece of the show will be a set of new works written for them by composers Daniel Morel and Bret Bohman. Each of these pieces depicts a different setting in the Midwest, including Kansas City (Daniel Morel’s “KC Blue”), Tiffin, Ohio (Bret Bohman’s “Foglifter”), and Ann Arbor, Michigan (Bret Bohman’s “Swirl”). This new music was the inspiration for Lilac 94’s journey through the Midwest. Christina and Kate thought it would interesting to play Bret and Daniel’s music in their places of origin, and fun for audiences to hear their area of the country as harp music.
Christina and Kate have been playing together since they began their graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music almost four years ago. In 2013 they formed Lilac 94, a harp duo dedicated to new and creative music for two harps. Since then they have performed all over the United States, including their respective hometowns in upstate New York and the Carolina coast. This summer they have the honor of performing at the American Harp Society’s National Conference in Utah, after which they will embark on a tour of the midwest, including venues in Ann Arbor, MI; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Urbana-Champaign, IL; Cincinnati, OH; and Milwaukee and Watertown, WI.