Harp duo to perform rarely-heard literature at LCMS

Concerts Café Classico presents sisters Miya and Kaori Otake on Sunday, Jan. 29

Harp duo and sisters Kaori and Miya Otake will perform at Langley Community Music School on Jan. 29.

Harp duo and sisters Kaori and Miya Otake will perform at Langley Community Music School on Jan. 29.

Langley Community Music School welcomes harpists Miya and Kaori Otake to the Rose Gellert Hall on Jan. 29, in a concert that  promises to present a powerful and vibrant program featuring works by Bach, Debussy and Lara. A pre-concert coffee and commentary with Elizabeth Bergmann, LCMS’ artistic director, concerts, will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the performance at 4 p.m.

“This unique performance is a must see this January,” said Bergmann. “The audience can expect to enjoy the harps’ wide range of sonic possibilities as the Otake sisters perform an intriguing program of mesmerizing duo harp literature.”

One of the oldest stringed instruments, dating back to pre-historic times, the harp has played an important role in nearly all cultures and in both secular and sacred occasions.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Miya Otake is an active harpist, contributing her talent in both performing and teaching. She has performed in Canada, USA, Europe, and Japan. Some of her notable performances include recitals at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Currently, she is teaching harp at LCMS and is a member of the B.C. Registered Music Teacher’s Association.

Kaori Otake has given solo recitals and concerto performances around the world. She has performed the Debussy Danses with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Handel Concerto with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Ken Hsieh.

Other highlight concerts include appearances in the World Harp Congress in the Prize Winner Concert in Geneva and Focus on Youth in Tacoma. She was invited as a guest performer at the Carnegie Hall in New York in a harp duo with her sister and appeared in several television programs.

Tickets are available for $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students. Call the box office for tickets at 604-534-2848. The Rose Gellert Hall is located at 4899 207 St.

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