Marathon Music – Livestream 5.5 Hour Show – Mon. Apr. 21


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ConcertWindow-Marathon-Laptop-concert-header2-moreinfoI’m playing the Marathon in Boston to raise money for Parkinson’s Research wearing my electric harp.  Here’s the deal:

My husband, Jonathan Wyner, and I are partnering with the Michael J Fox foundation’s “Team Fox,” and ConcertWindow.com to raise money for Parkinson’s research in two different Marathon performances.

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Jonathan is running the Boston Marathon – that’s his performance.  I’m performing a 5.5 hour Marathon Music Livestream concert. That’s mine.  All the money from both events will go to the same “Team Fox” fund.

Here’s Where You Come In

Donate to Jonathan’s fund here: http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/Lila

Donate via my Marathon Music Livestream concert by buying a ticket to the show or set a reminder here: http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/5344-deborah-henson-conant-hipharp-com

Here’s how it works: Buy a ticket for whatever price you want – from $1 on up – (and really, it’s fine for you to support in whatever way you can).  Thanks to ConcertWindow.com 100% of that money will go directly to the Team Fox research fund.

If you drop in on the Livestream on Marathon Monday (Mon. Apr. 21, 2014)  – for five minute or five-and-a-half-hours – then you’ll have a chance to add money to the tip jar at the online concert site – or just enjoy the concert.

Why a 5.5-hour performance?

I figured that 5.5. hours is how long it would take me to run the Marathon at my speed.

Why start at 9:30 AM EDT??

I wanted to end at about the same time Jonathan does (around 3pm EDT) and be able to track his progress during my Marathon performance.  So that’s how we came up with the 9:30 AM EDT start-time.  Plus, that means that my friends in Europe finally have some easy-to-watch times!

Why is this so important to us?

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease. Jonathan’s mother, Lila, is battling it, as is another beloved friend of ours – and it’s important to us to join that battle with them.  We wanted to find ways we could bring ourselves and our passions into that challenge on a very physical level.

FAQs:

Will you be drinking gatorade: Yes! (Or my own homemade equivalent)

Will you be wearing running shoes?  Hmmm…. good idea.

Will you be wearing trackshorts? Yikes!  I hope not!!  (But let me think about that)

Will you have bathroom breaks? Yes!  And so can you!

Will you get to cross a finish line? Good idea. Will see if I can do it while playing the theme from that running movie … what was that theme?  What was that movie??

I made up these questions myself – because I really wanted to know the answers!  I’d LOVE to hear your questions below.

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Play with Fire! Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp -Take 2!

For the past 3 weeks, 30 harpists around the world  helped me hone my “Baroque Flamenco” Bootcamp online course so YOU can learn this piece and play with fire!

>>Register Now – Course Starts April 8th<<

Or just go right to the shopping cart

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“Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” is a 3-week online intensive.  After just the first few lessons, you’ll already be playing the ‘bones’ of the piece – and from there you’ll add the flesh, the feathers and the  passion to make the piece fly – any whatever level you play.

It’s a big piece.  But you can start from very small. Because that’s how I created it.

This piece started as a simple improvisation on a classic melody from a beginners book – and grew with me over many decades ’til it became the powerhouse that harpists all over the world are adding to their repertoires and audiences are applauding in standing ovations.

It’s a featured concerto at the 2014 American Harp Convention in New Orleans AND a featured masterclass and Chamber Ensemble work at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Australia.

But it can be played at any level – from Advanced Beginner to Professional. 

And that’s what I teach you to do in this course – to play it at YOUR level.

The Bootcamp is ‘officially’ split into three levels: Fledgling (Adv. Beginner), Intermediate & Advanced – But everyone gets access to all the lessons.  So you can shift back and forth from level to level and take the parts from each that work best for you.

Got your creative checklist?

I’ve discovered that structure gives me creative freedom, so I make checklists for myself for everything  I do — and  I did the same for you in this course. In each module you get a checklist of exactly what to do so you can focus on just what you need to do to play the tune now, at your level, with the skills you have right now.
Go ahead … ask!I’ve always been the kid in the class with so many questions the teacher finally asks me to put a lid on it.  But questions are what bring any learning alive! So we have 3 weekly online chats to let you ask whatever questions you want – the ‘dumber’ the questions, the better, in by book – because it’s the ‘stupid’ questions that really get us to the heart of things.

Ready  – Set – Go at your own Pace!

The course goes pretty fast – but YOU can go at your own pace and  review all the online materials for at least  3 months after the course is over , plus download the worksheets, checklist and audiofiles so you can do what I do, and listen to them on your ipad while you’re exercising, or cleaning house, or eating bonbons (wait! where are my bonbons??)

Are you ready to play with fire?

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As soon as you do, you get immediate access to a huge online reference section that includes a series of warmups to prepare you to learn the piece (and keep you in shape after you have learned it!),  a video walkthrough of every playing technique in the piece, and a video history of the piece (people say they love watching this!).

Then let’s go play with all the fire that’s in us!

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Harping the Boston Marathon for Parkinson’s

>>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Run through Apr. 21, 2014)<<

Boston-based, Grammy-nominated, electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) has found a unique way to ‘run’ the Boston Marathon with her harp and her husband … via livestream.

She’ll be performing a marathon-length Livestream concert through ConcertWindow.com that she’ll ‘run’ at the same time her husband is running the marathon.

“It would take me about 5.5 hours to run the Marathon, so that’s how long the concert is.  And since I wanted to finish around the same time as my husband, I had to start a few hours early.”  Her concert starts at 9:30 AM on Monday, Apr. 21st, viewable via livestream anywhere in the world.

It’s all to raise money for Parkinson’s Research alongside “Team Fox” – Michael J. Fox Foundation’s grassroots community fundraising program.  She describes below, in her own words, what this project is all about.


Please Join Me

Donate by buying a ticket to my “Marathon Monday” Livestream Show in any amount – 100% of all income from this show goes directly to the “Team Fox” Parkinson’s research fund, whether you can come to the show or not.

Or donate via my husband’s “Team Fox” Marathon page.

Either way, the money goes to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund research for Parkinson’s Disease, a disease that steals the physical dignity of each of its victims.


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Running My Own Marathon

This is a story about how we can each ‘run for a cause’ in our own way. 

On the anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, I hope this story can inspire non-running folks to find their own unique way to take part in events, and for causes that are important to them.

Finding Your Way and Funding Your Cause in the Most Fun Way Possible

I believe strongly that a big part of life is sharing yourself and your unique gifts with other people. We all bring something different into this world, and we need to find ways share those with others.

Sometimes, it’s a challenge to know how to make a meaningful contribution to a situation, especially when we don’t fit the mold.  That’s when we have to get creative.  To find a way to bring our unique gifts into play.

My husband, Jonathan, is running The Boston Marathon April 21st for “Team Fox” in honor of his mother, Lila, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease ( Check out his Team Fox page: http://bit.ly/JW-Marathon2014 ).

People all over the world raise money with “Team Fox” (Michael J. Fox Foundation’s grassroots community fundraising program) — all of them working together to raise money for Parkinson’s research – and to ultimately find a cure.  It’s a great organization and they make it easy to get involved.

My Contribution: A Music Marathon

I run nearly every day as part of my basic physical maintenance as a musician — and I would love to be able to run alongside my husband to support his mother in this race. But I’m just not that fast, and I haven’t trained for a Marathon.

So I’m ‘running’ my own marathon that still lets me end with him, lets me raise money for the same cause and lasts the same amount of time it would take me to actually run the marathon course: it’s a Marathon Livestream concert for 5.5 hours.

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Why 5.5 hours? That’s how long it would take me to run the Marathon at the speed I run.

I’ll need all the same things that the marathon runners will have: Gatorade, snacks, comfortable shoes, and a port-o-potty (mine is usually just called the bathroom).

I’ll be performing this concert at the same time that Jonathan is actually running, and one of my favorite things about this is that I have a special number I can call to track his progress and let people know how he is doing.  People who watch and donate to my Marathon concert can use the chat stream in ConcertWindow.com to chat with me and each other, make requests and give news about their own favorite runners.

And another other cool thing?  I’ve been training my whole life for this!

Giving Back Through Harp

I’ve spent decades reinventing the harp into a portable instrument I can actually wear, and move around with - thanks to the CAMAC Harp company – and my playing style has often been called “athletic.” I love that this Livestream concert allows me to use that instrument to ‘run for a cause’ in my own way, using my own unique gifts and resources to ‘virtually’ run beside my husband in this race.

My tech partner, ConcertWindow.com, has created a way for viewers all over the world to see my Marathon Music concert and has turned their livestream-concert-platform into a funding platform for this event.

People ‘buy a ticket’ to the show for whatever amount they want, starting at $1.  Then they can watch the show anywhere in the world with internet access.  During the show they can chat with other viewers, or with me, through the chat window, donate more through the ‘tip jar’ and download cuts from my upcoming album through links I’ll post throughout the event.

And every penny that comes in will go to the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research.

What Kind of Music Will You Hear?

I’ve always loved exploring divergent styles to help me find new sounds on my instrument, so like  all my shows, the set list includes Blues, Flamenco, Latin, Folk and the kind of quirky songs I’m known for, like “Sous Chef Blues” and “Watermelon Boogie” – and the inevitable stories that accompany them.

My personal goal is to play as many different pieces as possible and focus on improvisation to really make the most of the 5.5 hour concert time, and I’ve been poring over old setlists and creating a huge list of tunes – from originals to jazz standards – that I focus on during the marathon concert

How You Can Get Involved

There are two ways you can directly support Jonathan’s and my Parkinson’s fundraising projects and in each case, the money goes to the Michael J. Fox “Team Fox” fund for Parkinson’s Research.

Buy a ticket for my Marathon Music concert (pay what you want): http://bit.ly/MarathonMusicTix

Donate to my husband, Jonathan’s, marathon run: http://bit.ly/JW-Marathon2014

I want to give a special thanks to Concert Window.com for offering to donate every cent from this concert to this special cause. I also want to thank “Team Fox” for their tireless efforts to research cures for a disease that has stolen the dignity from each of its victims. I’m honored to be part of research into a cure in any way.


Event Details:

  • WHO:  Deborah Henson-Conant
  • WHAT: A 5.5-Hour Livestream “Marathon Music” Concert by electric harpist, vocalist & storyteller Deborah Henson-Conant to help raise awareness and funding for Parkinson’s Disease Research.
  • WHERE: YOUR computer via ConcertWindow.com
  • WHEN: Monday Apr. 21 – 9:30 AM EDT – 3:00 pm EDT
  • MORE INFO: www.hipharp.com/blog/8587
  • TIX: http://bit.ly/MarathonMusicTix
 (Pay what you want – thanks to ConcertWindow.com all the money will go to support Parkinson’s Research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s “Team Fox”)

Artist Website & Social Media:

For more artist info or to schedule an interview, contact:

Team HipHarp:  info@HipHarp.com

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Mythic Women: Stories for Soprano & Chamber Ensemble

On Thu. May 1st at 8pmBoston University presents “Mythic Women: Stories for Soprano & Chamber Ensemble” – an evening of  original chamber works for soprano, harp, cello, piano and clarinet both by composer Deborah Henson-Conant. 

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“Songs of the Pyre” is a 5-movement song cycle about a woman accused of witchcraft in 16th-Century Europe.  “Persephone Lost” is a a One-Woman, One-Act Opera about the Goddess Demeter and the creation of the seasons.  Both works feature soprano Jeila Irdmusa and instrumentalists from the Boston University Chamber Ensemble program and both are dramatic works of music-theater about women who hold a place in our mythology.

What’s so cool about this?

For one thing, “Mythic Women” is a concert of serious chamber music written by a living, female composer – performed by women – and about mythic women. 

The stories are dramatic.  And, frankly, the singer gets really loud sometimes!

“Songs of the Pyre” follows a women accused of witchcraft: accusation to madness.  “Persephone Lost” reveals the revenge of a Goddess mother who’s child is abducted to the Underworld.

OK … this is NOT light-and-fluffy music, but it’s passionate, dramatic musical story-telling that’s bound to make you think.

The concert kicks off “National Chamber Music Month,” at Boston University’s CFA Concert Hall and is free to the public.


Basic “Who, What, When & Where”

  • WHO: Jeila Irdmusa (Soprano), Szu-Ning Tai (Harp), Yun-Yun Lin (Cello), Celine Ferro (Clarinet), and Ling Lo (Piano).
  • WHAT: “Mythic Women” – Two dramatic works of music theater Soprano & Chamber Ensemble by composer Deborah Henson-Conant (with ensemble coaching by harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich)
  • WHEN: Thu. May 1, 2014 – 8PM
  • WHERE: CFA Concert Hall at Boston University (855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215)
  • PRICE: Free admission

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Basic Program Description

GRAMMY-nominated, Deborah Henson-Conant, is the composer of this song cycle and One-Act One-Woman opera for soprano and chamber ensemble. These stories are full of life, struggle, loss, and ultimate glory.

The program will be sung by soprano Jeila Irdmusa and played by Szu-Ning Tai (Harp), Yun-Yun Lin (Cello), Celine Ferro (Clarinet), and Ling Lo (Piano). Harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich coached the ensemble on both pieces.

The program is based on stories of mythic women:

  • Songs of the Pyre” is a song cycle about a woman accused of witchcraft in 16th century Europe, who plummets from disbelief into madness.
    • Persephone Lost” is a One-Act One-Woman Opera about Demeter, Goddess of the earth’s Fertility, who’s daughter is stolen to the underworld, and as a result, transforms her own grief into the world’s first winter.

Help us Spread the Word:

  1. Join the Facebook Event to keep up to date with the project: https://www.facebook.com/events/545330842248222/
  2. Download and share the poster (see above)
  3. Watch and share the first promo video (see below)
  4. See and share more images of the ensemble (see below)
  5. Join us for the performance Thu. May 1st 8pm at Boston University!

Please share this video about the project!

Mythic Women is kicking of Chamber Music America’s National Chamber Music Month!

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