Hip Harpist Deborah Henson-Conant Dominates the Stage

September 16th, 2009 by Adam

Blues-Flamenco-Celtic-Funk-Folk-Jazz dynamo Deborah Henson-Conant comes to the Silver Center for the Arts October 8 at 7 p.m.

Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated, genre-bending electric harp player and vocalist who has been described as “the wild woman of the harp.”

Her shows mix jazz, folk and flamenco with a theatrical narrative of storytelling and humor. She has written and produced her own one-woman shows and orchestrated many symphony shows including one that aired on PBS.

The Boston Globe calls Henson-Conant a combination of “Leonard Bernstein, Steven Tyler and Xena the Warrior Princess,” and Scott Simon at NPR invites us to “imagine the talented love child of André Previn and Lucille Ball.”

Henson-Conant has revolutionized her instrument, bringing vibrant passion and individuality to its sound. Her work is an exploration of possibilities, a transformation that moves her audience out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. If you think a harp is meant to soothe the savage beast, think again.

“To call her an entertainer would be a disservice to her musicianship, which is outstanding. To call her a musician would marginalize just how much fun it is to watch her,” wrote the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800)779-3869 or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

The performance is sponsored by Mega Print.

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