Tuesday, November 25, 2008
U of L Recital Hall, W570
“Magical... Superb... Virtuoso... Outstanding”: these are the words newspapers such as the Calgary Herald and the Miami Herald have used to describe harpist Tisha Murvihill, Principal Harpist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Murvihill’s debut recording, If Brahms Wrote for Harp, was reviewed as “...a stunning presentation of the work of Johannes Brahms...” (HarpColumn, January ’04). This recording features her own arrangements of eleven of Brahms’ piano intermezzi and “...leaves no trace of cut corners, short-comings, or dumbing down.” In addition, the World Harp Congress honoured her with an invitation to Ireland to give a lecture-recital featuring her performance and transcriptions of these works. Ms. Murvihill can often be heard nationally on CBC radio and has been the featured soloist with numerous groups including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the New World Symphony.
Prior to moving to Calgary, Ms. Murvihill spent three years with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. There, she was twice selected to represent the orchestra at international fund raising events in Monte Carlo and received special mention on the New World Symphony’s CD release Defining Dahl: The Music of Ingolf Dahl for a solo which the Miami Herald called “sterling.”
Ms. Murvihill holds a Master’s Degree in harp from Indiana University where she studied under Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald and won the prestigious concerto competition.
This performance, arranged through the Calgary Musicians Association, is supported by a grant from the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund, which is funded by the recording industry under agreements with the AFM in Canada and the United States.