American Harp Society 2016 National Conference
Had a great time at the AHS Conference in Atlanta! Thanks to everyone who came to see my "Bach Rhythm & Groove" lecture and masterclass. Here's a link to the lecture and a selected bibliography. Also, I highly recommended this site for researching Bach's autographs and manuscripts. Enjoy!
Hamilton Cast Recording News
Exciting that the "Hamilton" Cast Recording has reached the number 3 spot on Billboard and was number 1 on both iTunes and Amazon.com, making it the best selling ever Broadway Show CD and download. It also went platinum in May. What an honor to be a part of this special recording! (Don't know about you, but I can't get the songs out of my head!)
Official "Masquerade" Video
What fun working with the talented soprano Radmila Lolly in her new video, "Masquerade." Here's the official video. Hope you enjoy it!
Clarion Society's Period-Instrument Concert
Am thrilled and honored to be playing with the Clarion Society's Period-Instrument Orchestra for an evening of Donizetti and Rossini arias on April 12th at 8pm. The Clarion Orchestra is one of the oldest and most highly regarded period-instrument orchestras in America, founded in 1957 by conductor and musicologist Newell Jenkins. Revived in 2006 under the directorship of Steven Fox, the Orchestra has since risen to prominence as a fresh and innovative force on the international period performance scene. Hope you can join us!
American Harp Society Editorial Board
Honored to be invited to join the American Harp Society's Editorial Board for a three year term. Looking forward to reading the latest research and articles about the harp!
American Harp Society Conference 2016
Honored to be giving a lecture and masterclass at the American Harp Society's National Conference at Emory University in Atlanta on July 2nd at 2:30pm. Here's an interview with the conference's co-chair, John Wickey. My talk is entitled "Rhythm and Groove" in J.S. Bach's Music on the Harp. Let me know if you have some Bach you'd like to play for me during the masterclass!
Laura Sherman is a New York-based harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. Harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked" and founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in quality transcriptions of early music and works by contemporary composer, she also performs with a variety of classical ensembles in the tri-state area.
A versatile and well-traveled musician, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Jewel, Meredith Monk, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Faddis, James Galway, and Joshua Bell. Featured on WNYC's "Sound Check," "The CBS Sunday Morning Show" and "The Today Show," she has performed in many of the great concert halls in New York City and Europe. Tours with three Broadway shows have taken her around the world, with extended stays in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg, Zurich, twenty-six cities in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
Laura's life-long love of Johann Sebastian Bach's music inspired her to study with Rosalyn Tureck at her Bach Research Institute in Oxford, England. The end results, critical performance editions for harp of the complete Lute Suites by Bach, became her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan and were published in June 2012 by Gotham Harp Publishing. Laura was featured at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City, performing and giving a master class on Bach's Lute Suites. She also gave a lecture-recital on this topic at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999. She has also been invited to give a Bach presentation at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014.
Laura has had the honor of performing at numerous weddings and special events throughout the tri-state area during the last twenty years. Her passion, experience and beautiful gold harp always add a memorable, elegant touch. After nearly seven years of performing during tea-time at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, she is an expert at tailoring repertoire to the tastes of diverse audiences.
Laura teaches privately and as an adjunct harp instructor at Hunter College in Manhattan. She has written articles for the American Harp Journal and the World Harp Congress Review about Marcel Grandjany and Susan Jolles, Playing Bach on the Harp, and Maurice Ravel's Introduction and Allegro.