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10 things you don't know about Angel Padilla

"One of my great accomplishments was to be able to study with the teachers I chose," says Angel Padilla.

Angel Padilla will perform opening night (Wed. June 4) at the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival.

1. What was the moment you knew you wanted to become a harpist?
When I was 5 years old and I listened to my first harp concert. Nicanor Zabaleta playing Handel, Boieldieu, Dittersdorf, and the Debussy Dances all on the same program.

2. What’s your absolute favorite piece to play on the harp and why?
It is difficult to choose one but I feel very identified with the Aranjuez Concerto. I can...

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Scorpion Tales (Paterson, Robert)

  • Composer(s)
    Paterson, Robert
  • Instrumentation
    Two Harps
  • Duration
  • Who's playing:
    0 players are working on this piece right now.
  • Program Notes

    Gruesome creatures have always fascinated me, so when Duo Scorpio asked me if I would be interested in writing them a new piece, and their only request was that I incorporate the scorpion as a theme, I was happy to oblige.

    The first movement, Trinidad Scorpion, is inspired by a fiery red pepper called the Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T", currently the hottest pepper in the world. It measures a blistering 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). (A typical jalapeno pepper...

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Dusty Strings Introduces the Boulevard

Dusty Strings introduces their first concert-tension lever harp, the Boulevard Classic.

Folk harp manufacturer Dusty Strings has just introduced the company's first concert-tension lever harp, the Boulevard Classic model. The 34-string harp is designed "specifically for classical players and students," says Dusty Strings. "The concert-tension gut strings provide a shorter sustain than other Dusty Strings models, making the Boulevard an ideal choice for classical repertoire."

The Boulevard is based on Dusty's Ravenna 34 model and "offers players...


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How to make your posts look their best

September 17, 2012
From HC Staff's blog:

As a music scholar, I of course like to make my meaning as clear as possible. So I always make sure to use the special Markdown syntax to format my posts so they look their best! Here's how you can do the same:


Line spaces between blocks of type -- paragraphs, in other words -- are very easy. Just separate them with an extra "enter" (hit "enter" twice).

Bold and Italics

It's very easy to add emphasis with bold and italics! I made this line by typing in the...



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