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Free concert to feature harpist

FALLBROOK – This month's Freaney and Friends free concert will feature harpist Sophie Camden Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Fallbrook Library. She will be accompanied by flutist Valerie McElroy.

As a winner of four solo competitions in an 18-month span, including the American Harp Society's Anne Adams Awards and the VSA International Young Soloists Award. Camden is a rising presence in the classical music world.

She gained international acclaim as a soloist in a special TV broadcast concert in Hong Kong in September 2017. She has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the La Jolla Symphony and the national tour of the Broadway production of "The King and I."

Camden said she enjoys chamber and orchestral music as an opportunity to intimately connect with her fellow musicians to create a work greater than its parts. She studied with Elena Mashkovtseva in San Diego and Gretchen Van Hoesen, the principal harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She currently resides in San Diego, performing with local community orchestras and for weddings and events.

McElroy is a sought-after flute clinician and collaborator. She is a conductor for two San Diego Youth Symphony ensembles, directs the Villa Musica Flute Ensemble and formerly served as Treasurer on the board of directors of the San Diego Flute Guild.

Her original composition, Journey Chalan for Flute Quartet, was successfully world premiered at the 2023 National Flute Association Convention.

The program will include First Arabesque by Claude Debussy, "Esquisse" by Henriette Renie, "O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam with flute, "Troika" by Kirsten Agresta Copely, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Tchaikovsky, Sonate "Flore" pour flute et harpe mvmt. 1 by Yuko Uebayashi with flute, "Greensleeves – traditional" with flute, "The Little Fountain" by Samuel Pratt, "Fire Dance" by David Watkins, "Silent Night," arr. Marcel Grandjany, and "Impromptu – Caprice" by Gabriel Pierne.

Bob Freaney will play solo jazz holiday piano arrangements as well. The concert is supported by Friends of the Fallbrook Library. For more information, visit or call 760-731-4650. The library is located at 124 S. Mission Road in fallbrook.

Submitted by Fallbrook Library.


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