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February 10, 2014

Palace to present harp duo

Corsicana — The Palace Theatre is pleased to present the Logan Walters Harp Duo at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, as the third event of the 2013-2014 season.  

Laura Logan has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble, and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. She is founder, director, and member of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for the past 20 years. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990-2010; for many summers during that time she enjoyed returning to New Orleans to play Principal Harp with the acclaimed Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. She also served as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic from 1995-1997 and has played Second Harp numerous times with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera, and the Dallas Opera, where she was privileged to perform the entire Wagner Ring Cycle.    

Logan has been privileged to work closely with many fine contemporary composers and has been the honoree of two commissioned works for harp and organ: Passacaglia by Joel Martinson, premiered in 1995, and Legend by Charles Callahan, premiered in 2000.

Logan completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harp Performance in 2002 at Texas Tech University, where she was a recipient of the distinguished DeVitt-Jones Fellowship in Music. A native of New Orleans, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Louisiana State University in 1986 and a Master of Music in History and Literature from Texas Tech in 1988. She began her harp studies in New Orleans with Helen Maxwell. Undergraduate study was completed with Hye Yun Chung and graduate work was under the direction and mentorship of Professor Gail Barber. Logan has made her home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1990.

Jeff Walters studied harp with Professor Gayle Barrington at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a degree in Music Theory; he was a member of the Longhorn Band, the UT Orchestra, and the UT Harp Ensemble. Encountering a need for more selections for the ensemble to play, he began arranging and transcribing music for multiple harps. The group began performing many of his works in concert; the Corpus Christi Caller-Times remarked of a UT Harp Ensemble tour performance, “Jeff Walters’ arrangements were bright and exuberant, with pleasing witty touches.” As a member of the UT Orchestra he was featured in the Student Concerto Competition program, performing the Debussy Danses; he also contracted regularly with the Abilene Symphony, the Laredo Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Austin Symphony.   

At UT he was first exposed to "pop harp" by hearing a classic recording of Mimi Allen and immediately became interested in performing and arranging in that genre. He performed extensively at Austin-area hotels, restaurants, and private functions, including the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Headliners Club, the University Club, and the Driskill Hotel. This interest in ‘non-classical’ harp led him to begin adapting jazz standards to the harp, which he performed several nights a week at the downtown Omni Hotel. He was the first-place Grand Prize winner in the Lyon & Healy International Jazz Harp Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, where his novel jazz adaptations were well received. The formation of the jazz trio Harp Spectrum followed and the group performed regularly at the Stouffer Hotel and at functions around Austin. 

After graduation he lived in California where he was the Lounge Harpist at the Warehouse Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California; there he studied with renowned pop harpist DeWayne Fulton. In addition, he has studied with jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, former touring harpist and original inspiration Mimi Allen, and former Chicago Symphony harpist Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in beautiful Camden, Maine. He has released two recordings; HarpJJJazz, with selections featuring his jazz duo, trio, and quartet; and Sanctuary Harp, an inspirational CD featuring several original compositions. Walters’ arranging talents are lately being put to use again with the formation of the Logan/Walters Harp Duo, the repertoire of which features his new arrangements and transcriptions for two harps.  

Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling the Palace box office at 903-874-7792 and are $5, $10 and $15.  This Palace season event is sponsored by Community National Bank and Trust.

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