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Does your city have "First Night" Celebrations for New Years?

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Are you going? Who's going to be there?


We never went when we lived in Roanoke, VA, but this year we are going to the celebration in Worcester, MA. http://www.firstnightworcester.org/


We are especially psyched to see Deborah Henson-Conant perform.





for "Invention & Alchemy"

with conductor David Lockington & the Grand Rapids Symphony


Doc Severinson calls her the "wild woman" of the harp, and she's changing the way the world sees this ancient instrument. To describe Deborah Henson-Conant is nearly impossible. She’s a cross-genre, Blues-Flamenco-Celtic-Funk-Folk-Jazz dynamo. She tells tall tales with the ease of a stand-up comic. She solos and wails like a rock guitarist. She turns music into theater and theater into something lyrical. See her once and you’ll never look at harp the same way again.


She performs in symphony halls as a soloist with major orchestras, and she plays intimate shows in jazz clubs and theaters nationwide. She has toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobbie McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and starred in the PBS special "Celtic Harpestry.” She's been featured on shows from CBS’ “Sunday Morning” and NBC’s “Today Show” to NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and the Food Network’s “Warped,” and interviewed by hosts and journalists from Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg and Studs Terkel to Charlie Rose and Joan Rivers.


Her newly released DVD/CD, Invention and Alchemy, features her one-woman show with 80-piece orchestra. The DVD is a full-length concert program with over 45 minutes of behind-the-scenes features; a multi-camera, surround-sound disc, shot in hi-definition. It has an Emmy-winning director, Grammy-winning sound engineers and a program of symphonic music theater that brings Deborah’s show closer than the front row.



My middle daughter, the harpist, is hoping to meet her afterwards.

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