It isn't often Tri-City music lovers get a chance to attend a concert of just harp music.
Chelsea Spence and Lindsey Boggio -- the Melodia Harp Duo -- will change that when they perform their first solo concert in the Tri-Cities from 5 to 8 p.m. April 26 at the Emerald of Siam restaurant in Richland. There is no cover.
Spence grew up in the Tri-Cities and earned her masters degree in harp performance from Colorado State University, where she met Boggio, who now lives in Seattle.
"Lindsey and I will be performing classical music written for two harps as well as arrangements for the harp," Spence said. "We also have a variety of Latin American harp duets we'll perform, mainly folk songs from different countries that have been adapted for two harps."
The concert also will include a few Irish folk tunes the two have arranged for harp, as well a few numbers from the stage musicals Les Miserables and South Pacific.
There are many sounds and techniques that make the harp a versatile instrument to play, Spence said.
"It is common to rap the soundboard for a percussive effect as well as playing on different parts of the strings to make the notes more tinny or sonorous," she said. "Due to the very nature of our instruments, we can fill a performance with a wide variety of music that will keep listeners entertained."
Melodia Harp Duo also plan to eventually add a bit of rock and pop to their repertoire.
"The harp by itself is a fabulous solo instrument because of its ability to play both a melody and accompaniment at the same time," Spence said. "Like a piano, harpists frequently play a melody in the upper range of the harp and then an accompaniment on the lower range. So, when two or more harps are played together there is opportunity for more involved melodies and accompaniments."
Dara Quinn, a musician whose family owns the Emerald of Siam, says the harp duo offers a blend of music to please any musical palette.
"Two harps, one night. This musical experience is not to be missed," she said.
Emerald of Siam is at 1314 Jadwin Ave, Richland.
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