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Wilton harpist to play benefit concert

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Harpist Fiona Graham, of Wilton, headlines a concert to benefit the David Anderson Music Fund AT 7 P.M. Saturday, April 20, at High Mowing School on Abbot Hill Road.

The program also includes chamber music performances by musicians including Graham, Aurora Pearson and Cam Twarog on violin, Joe McConaughy on viola, Andrew Koutroubas on cello, and pianist Mark Ferguson. The concert is free; donations to the music fund will be accepted at the door.

This inspired program features Graham, a High Mowing School senior, performing three pieces on pedal harp, as well as a variety of chamber music performances. Graham’s featured pieces include “Nocturne in E-flat,” by Glinka; “Arabesque No. 1,” by Debussy; and “Pavane, op.50,” by Faure. Chamber music pieces by Beethoven, Faure and Shostakovic will also be performed.

Graham was born in Wilton and began playing lever harp at age 5, studying with internationally known touring harpers Michael Rooney and Grainne Hambly. She has traveled several times to Ireland to study and participate in music festivals there. At the age of 8, Graham began violin lessons with Candace Wharton, of Francestown.

Two years ago, with the assistance of High Mowing’s David Anderson Music Fund, she began lessons on the pedal harp, and studies with Kathleen Lyons in Bow.

Graham has played with the Sinfonietta, the Keene Chamber Orchestra and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. She has also attended the New Hampshire All-state Music Festival for the past three years.

Graham is planning to continue her harp and violin studies next year as a liberal arts major at Colorado College.

The High Mowing School Music Fund was established in memory of David Anderson, a member of High Mowing’s class of 1996. Anderson was a lover of music, a gifted cellist and remarkable member of the High Mowing community. The fund provides scholarships and supports music events in the local community.

High Mowing School is a Waldorf high school for day and boarding students. The school, founded in 1942, is a place for young adults to grow intellectually, artistically and socially, while living and learning with students from across town and around the world.

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