On her website, Emily Levin declares herself a bookworm. Her honors thesis for her history degree, she says, “discussed the impact of war songs on the French Revolution.” This may not tell you much about her technical skill as a harpist, but it may tell you something about the program she’s put together for Astral Artists’ first digital concert of the season. She’ll be exploring the relationship between music and the visual arts, looking at the visual aspects of old favorites, and premiering a new piece by American composer Jonathan Cziner, which is inspired by the work of the late-19th-century symbolist painter Gustav Klimt.
Harping along the journey
Levin joined the Astral Artists roster of young musicians when she became a winner in Astral’s 2016 national competition. Astral supports carefully selected musicians in the early stages of their careers, and Levin has justified their choice. She’s now in her third season as the Principal Harpist of the Dallas Symphony, and she’s pursuing a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, supporter of new music, and organizer of special events.
Astral Artists receive performance opportunities, including participating in one of the most popular chamber music events in the city. If you’d like to find out why many people have warm memories of Sunday afternoons at Astral concerts, Astral is offering a low-cost, convenient opportunity to sample its wares.
What, When, Where, and Accessibility:
Astral will present harpist Emily Levin on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and they’re available online.
Image description: A woman in a red dress sits at a black piano bench, playing the harp. An Astral sign with the company logo stands in the backdrop.