IUP-2014-DHC-Holiday-tourpageThursday, December 4, 2014  Deborah Henson-Conant brings her Hip HARP show to Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated artist and the world’s premier electric harpist. She is known for high energy shows that fuse music, theater, and her evocative singing voice.  The show will feature a program of ballads, blues, holiday music and collaboration with the IUP Jazz Ensemble and PSO harpist Lucy Scandrett. This is a feel-good, outside-the-box, bring-the-folks-you-love kind of show.

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  • WHO: Deborah Henson-Conant
  • WHAT: Hip Harp at IUP! – Electric Harp, Vocals & Humor and collaboration with the IUP Jazz Ensemble and PSO harpist Lucy Scandrett
  • WHEN: Thu. December 4, 2014 at 8PM
  • WHERE: IUP Performing Arts Center, Fisher Auditorium, 403 South Eleventh Street, Indiana, PA 15705
  • INFO & TIX: http://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=175216

About the “Ovations!” Series presented by Lively Arts

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.


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Press Release
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Please run now through December 2, 2014

Hip Harp at IUP!

Up next for its Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents a return visit from Grammy-nominated electric jazz harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant.  This one-night event will be held on December 4, 2014, at 8:00PM at Fisher Auditorium in IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

For her return engagement, which helps celebrate 25 years of the Lively Arts, Henson-Conant will be joined by the IUP Jazz Ensemble for a few numbers as well as harpist, Lucy Scandrett, who is an active performer with numerous Western Pennsylvania professional ensembles and an adjunct professor at IUP.  The concert, appropriate for all ages, will also include several tunes celebrating the holiday season.

Henson-Conant is known for her high energy shows with ensembles and as a soloist, her evocative singing voice, her connection with the audience, and her high-energy fusion of music and theater.  In addition, she revolutionized the contemporary music scene by transforming the classical concert harp into a “Street Harp” —a powerful, fully electric instrument, a seventh of the size of a concert harp.  Her playing ranges from full-out blues, to rock, to jazz, to heart wrenching ballad.

Henson-Conant’s voice has been compared to Carly Simon and Joan Baez; her playing to Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix; and her humor to musical comedian Victor Borge. Using a “looper-pedal” to layer sounds from her harp in real time, then weaving solo lines and vocals above it, her shows are tied together by powerful, funny, affirming stories, and universal humor.

Henson-Conant debuted with the Boston Pops; opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood; jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen, and Marvin Hamlish; and offstage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.  She’s been featured on CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”

Her signature instrument, the “DHC Blue-Light” was built and named for her. It weighs 11 lbs, has 32 strings and is made of carbon fibre.  Created for her by the CAMAC Harp Company in France, it is now one of the fastest-selling new harp models in the world.

Tickets for this December 4th performance are available now online at IUPTickets.com or iup.edu/livelyarts.  They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.  Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.  Tickets are priced at $26 for regular admission, $22 for seniors and groups, and $14 for students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts by calling (724) 357-2787 (ARTS).

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.
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Deborah Henson-Conant at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse May 12, 2012 DHenson-Conant_Black Dress_HR

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