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      Free harp concert at Owens

      You don't need to be an angel floating on a cloud to enjoy the music of the harp, but even if you were, you might want to fly on down to Owens Community College.

      Area residents with a passion and enjoyment of music are invited to attend a unique ensemble performance featuring area harpists as Owens Community Collegeâ??s Center for Fine and Performing Arts serves as host to the 16th annual American Harp Society Day Ensemble Concert on Thursday, June 20.

      Presented by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Owensâ?? Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The performance is free and open to the public.

      "The Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society is very excited to once again collaborate with Owens Community College and present a fun and dazzling performance for the surrounding communities," said Denise Grupp-Verbon, Owens Adjunct Instructor of Fine and Performing Arts and Co-Founder of Harp Week. "This yearâ??s concert will feature a dozen harpists of various ages and diverse backgrounds. Attendees will not be disappointed with the musical variety and stylistic flourishes of this yearâ??s presentation."

      The concert is the culmination of Harp Week, which is four days, June 17 to 20, of ensemble rehearsals and practical application workshops sponsored in part by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society and the Collegeâ??s Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Harp Week is open to any harpist who has played for at least one year.

      Harpists ranging from beginners to professionals will be strumming both familiar and original tunes throughout the evening concert.

      The American Harp Society was founded in 1962 in response to the growing needs of harpists as performers, teachers and students. Its mission is to encourage and cultivate the enjoyment of the harp as a musical instrument, to support the composition of the music and to advance the quality of ability for performing harpists. The society has flourished since its founding and now consists of more than 3,000 members with chapters throughout the world.

      The Northwest Ohio Chapter was established in the mid 1970s with the mission of preserving, promoting and presenting the harp and its music in the community. The chapterâ??s initiatives include promoting the study of the harp by providing scholarship opportunities and instruments and serving as a co-sponsor of Harp Week since its inception in 1998.