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Fall Concert featuring Claire Thai, harp

Saturday, October 22, 2022
8:00 PM

Delaware Valley University
Life Sciences Building
700 E Butler Ave
Doylestown, PA 18901

Concert Details

Concert Program

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia

Alberto Ginastera: Harp Concerto

Claire Thai, harp

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G

Tickets: General Admission $25, Seniors $20, Students Free

Claire Thai, harpist

Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Claire Thai has appeared as a soloist with the Phoenix, Tucson, and Southern Arizona symphony orchestras, and has performed a solo program at the World Harp Congress in 2017. She served as principal harp of the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from 2015 to 2018. In the summers, she has attended the Rocky Ridge Music Center and the Young Artists’ Harp Seminar.

An internationally recognized harpist, Ms. Thai won a prestigious Anne Adams Award from the American Harp Society Foundation and the Lyon & Healy Award. In addition, she has won 1st place prizes at the Suoni d’Arpa competition in Italy, the 2019 American Harp Society competition, the 1st International Portuguese Harp Competition, and the International Young Artists’ Harp Competition.  She won the Grand Prize at the Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition and first place in competitions held by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

Ms. Thai began her musical studies with the piano at age three, and began learning the harp at age five.  In addition to performing, she composes and has been involved with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composer’s Project for seven years. She was commissioned by the Vail Preservation Society to score a new historical documentary, Voices of Vail, which premiered in 2018.

Ms. Thai entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018, studying harp with Elizabeth Hainen, solo harpist with The Philadelphia Orchestra.  She graduated from Curtis with a Bachelor of Music degree and continues her education there in the Master’s program.  She is the L. Daniel Dannenbaum Fellow at Curtis Institute.

Directions to Delaware Valley University, Life Sciences Building

From Philadelphia – Take Route 309 North to Route 202 at Montgomeryville. Go north on Route 202 to Route 611. Go north on Route 611 to the State Street exit. Follow signs to Delaware Valley College. Turn left at New Britain Rd and next right into the Life Sciences Building parking lot. Or go past New Britain Rd. and turn left at the College entrance.

Going north or south on Route 611, take the bypass at Doylestown to the State Street exit, which is State Street and East Butler Avenue (old Route 202). Follow signs to the College. The entrance is at the second light on Butler Ave. Turn left on Student Center Drive and park in the lot behind the Student Center next to the Life Sciences Building side entrance.

Parking: The parking lots adjacent to the Life Sciences Building will be available for concert parking. In order to accommodate overflow, concert goers can use the University’s Main Entrance and park in the stadium parking lot, where a Bucks County Transport shuttle bus will be available from 7:00-8:30 pm to take you to the Life Sciences Building (where the concert is being held) and return you to your vehicles after the concert.

Special Parking for seniors or for those needing assistance is located behind the Student Center at the side entrance to the Life Sciences Building.


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