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Doylestown Library Friends set free outdoor harp and oboe concert


The Friends of the Doylestown Library present an afternoon of oboe and harp music from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in The Backyard—the outdoor extension of the Doylestown Library.

Arianna Kalian and Andrea Wittchen will perform duets for oboe and harp by French, British, Italian and Czech composers such as Claude Debussy and Ennio Morricone.

Kalian, a chamber musician and oboist, began playing the double-reeded woodwind instrument (think the duck in “Peter and the Wolf”) at the age of 8. She’s performed in venues from Detroit to Oxford to Villa Clementine in Germany. She is a former member of the New York ensembles L’Amore della Musica and Chatham Chamber Ensemble.

The harp dates back to 15,000 B.C.E. but this string instrument is not old to Wittchen. The recording artist learned to play when she was 12 years old. Well-known throughout eastern Pennsylvania as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, Wittchen has a 26-year history as Principal Harpist with the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. Today, she teaches harp at both Lehigh University and Moravian University.

Pre-register for the event by emailing: In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Pearl Buck room.

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