Friday, May 4, 2007

Brandywine Harps: A Spring Brown Bag Concert at Grace Episcopal Church

Floating on the spring breeze that gently blew through the church from the open doors, the Celtic music of The Brandywine Harps enchanted a lunchtime audience at the final performance of the Spring Brown Bag Concert Series at Grace Episcopal Church on Concord Pike, across from the Concord Mall in Wilmington. The ensemble rendered traditional Irish melodies, jigs and reels. Vocalist, Melissa Heieie, joined to sing “Danny Boy” and a drummer added authentic rhythm to "Brian Boru's March" while performing on the traditional Irish Bodram drum. The concert lasted under an hour and was just the right length for my youthful listeners. It was a truly spirit inspiring, stress free lunch hour diversion.

After the performance, harpers Pam Dimeler and Margret Love shared their harps with homeschoolers Billie Rose and Teddy.

Billie Rose was delighted to discover how much the string patterns on the harps mirrored the key patterns she has learned on the piano!

Margret Love demonstrated proper body position for Teddy.

To learn more about the Brandywine Harps you can go to their Website:

The director of the Brandywine Harps, Janet Witman, and harper, Margaret Love, both teach at Wilmington Music School.
To find more about lessons, classes, ensembles, concerts and all the wonderful programs offered at WMS you can go to their web site:

Grace Episcopal Church will offer a Holiday Brown Bag Concert series on Fridays December 7th, 14th, and 21st at 12:15. The series is free, you are welcome to bring your lunch, punch and coffee are provided. The concert lasted about 45 minutes. For more information about Grace Church and the events that they sponsor you can go to their website: