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KING FM recording features NW musicians, including harp music from Leslie!
Are you a contributing member of Classical KING FM yet? Seattle's venerable classical music radio station made the move from commercial radio to public radio model earlier this year, and you can still be a Founding Member if you join in 2011. Leslie contributed a track to a A NORTWEST CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS, and the holiday music CD is available now as a premium for contributors to the station. Visit www.king.org for details about membership and the CD featuring music by different Northwest artists and performing groups.
Classical KING FM Membership Director Mercedes Sanchez says "This exclusive KING FM CD is filled with 18 classical Christmas favorites featuring performances by some of the top classical performing groups in the Northwest. You'll hear popular favorites from Deck the Halls to Silent Night, Silver Bells to Carol of the Bells. But we also included other less familiar classical Christmas masterpieces you'll want to share and enjoy this holiday and for years to come. Hear favorite selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, as well as carols by Holst and Praetorius. The performers include Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Choral Company, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and many others. Some selections are handpicked from top Northwest CDs and others are from exclusive KING FM concert broadcasts. It's available only from KING FM with your gift of $120 or a sustaining monthly of $10 per month."
Leslie McMichael (and harps) accepted to 4Culture Touring Arts Roster
Leslie was invited by 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington, to join 22 other new artists and ensembles as part of the Touring Arts Roster. Her original score for the silent classic PETER PAN and performed live on three harps with film screenings joins contemporary Chinese percussion, traditional Croatian dance, improvisational theater and vintage 1920's jazz in a juried directory showcasing some of the region's most diverse and talented artists and ensembles available for touring. The roster is distributed as a free community resource to over 500 regional presenting organizations, local arts agencies, commercial venues, convention and travel industry insiders, schools, libraries, festival coordinators, party, meeting and event planners and other public and private presenters. The 2009 edition will boast over 100 artists and ensembles representing a diverse range of performing disciplines and genres and be available this winter.
Holiday Harp-a-thon brings music & money to children in need
SEATTLE, Wash. (December 12, 2009)
A grand total of $3,518.50 was raised and contributed to Seattle Children's Hospital during December's 12-Hour Holiday Harp-a-thon. The 47 harp players who took part played many different styles of music, and the 36 20-minute sets ranged from solo to duo to large ensembles. Some harp players collaborated with friends and family members who sang or played flute, guitar, dulcimer, accordion, or bells, and the age range of the performers ranged literally from 8 to 80! The Harp-a-thon started at 8 am and went all the way to 8 pm, although sound tech folks Dan, Ginger, and Ole Grette (and event organizer Leslie McMichael) arrived early and stayed late. Silver Platters Music contributed gift certificates to the participants who gathered the highest total dollar amount of individual pledges (more than $500 gathered by Patti Warden) and the greatest number of individual pledges (31 donations collected by Jake Woodward). It was a day of siblings playing songs together, seasoned performers following debuts of new harp players, and music coming from the heart. One player was able to visit a schoolmate who was at the hospital following a bone marrow transplant and give him a private concert, and other performers shared their experiences as past patients at Seattle Children's. The day was long but very festive!
Kudos to all the musicians who gave of their time and talent: Henry Wend, Jake Woodward, Monica Schley, Lizzy LaBelle, Judith Cummings, Tessa King, Laurie Riley, Bianca Collings, MaKay Alldredge, Ole Grette, Gwen Lyons, Carol Stewart, Elaine Pierson, Paula Lalish, Bethany Eastman, Chloe Lauter, Diane Moss & Bob Zawalich, Clara McMichael, Erin Haas, Susan Haas, Diana Beaumont, Anna Jenkins, Mikel Oswalt Eng, Ginny Burger, Valerie Day, Liz Freeman, Madeleine Herczog, Patti Warden, Maddie Lyons, Dan & Ginger Grette, Ana & Katie Guthrie-Honea, Ava & Lauren Linvog, Lillie Moses, Rayna Shinn, Masami Cookson, Kate & Timmy & Jonny Kosaka, Katarina Shih, Mackenzie Norstrom, Emily Soth, Victoria & Michael MacBean, Rachel Rigsby, Leslie McMichael.
On April 6th, 20 of Leslie's harp students plucked "From Bach to Rock." We earned more than $1100 for YouthCare, Seattle's oldest and largest homeless youth advocacy organization!