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The "most personal instrument" is at the heart of a new musical pilgrimage

Harpist Parker Ramsay
Tatiana Daubek
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Harpist Parker Ramsay

Harpist Parker Ramsay offers insights into his instrument and its central role in The Street—a collaboration between composer Nico Muhly and librettist Alice Goodman being performed for the first time in the US.

In this Sonatas & Soundscapes interview that aired Tuesday, June 7th, host Bradley Fuller hears from harpist Parker Ramsay about the unique and sometimes expectation-defying qualities of his instrument. As Parker explains, the harp's immediacy and physicality help define the sound of The Street, a set of meditations on the fourteen Stations of the Cross by composer Nico Muhly and librettist Alice Goodman which will receive its US premiere during Spoleto Festival USA. Joining Parker for the performance are narrator Marcus Amaker and eight members of the Spoleto Festival Chorus.

More information about this evening's performance of The Street St. Matthew's Lutheran Church can be found at https://spoletousa.org/events/the-street/

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Originally from Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller has maintained a deep interest in classical music since the age of six. With piano lessons throughout grade school and involvement in marching and concert bands on the saxophone, Bradley further developed musical abilities as well as an appreciation for the importance of arts education.