Harp Orchestra

Max DeBeeson (left), Caroline Mackay and Rod Miller will spice things up at this year’s Spring Fling harp orchestral concert. - Contributed
Max DeBeeson (left), Caroline Mackay and Rod Miller will spice things up at this year’s Spring Fling harp orchestral concert.
— image credit: Contributed

On the heels of a popular trend in harp music, local harp player Caroline Mackay has created a new trio, including an accordion player.

The trio, dubbed Crimson Rich, features McKay, Rod Miller on accordion and Max DeBeeson on the cello.

“Harp players recently have been very interested in working with accordions,”  said Mackay, noting it’s actually a global trend to try and incorporate an accordion in an ensemble. “There’s just that beautiful rich Italian sound to them,” she explained. “It really works well together.”

Mackay runs the local harp orchestra and was approached by Miller, a seasoned accordion player, to see if there was a synergy when they played together. They fit so nicely she decided to incorporate the trio into her orchestra’s semi-annual concert.

Each year the nine-member harp orchestra plays a Spring Fling concert, drawing together the talents of the season.

At the moment, the Okanagan Harp Orchestra, as they call themselves, is an adult group but they have been known to attract children as well, making for an interesting range of talent which spans every generation.

This year’s spring program includes Celtic music, rhythmic Latin, classical and some original pieces as well.

Tickets are $10 at the door and the event will be held at St. Michael & All Angels Church on Sutherland Avenue. The event goes Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.


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