Join local musician for an introduction to the Harp
CHEEKTOWAGA - On Saturday, Dec. 13, Kela Walton will be bringing her harp to the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library. Beginning at 2 p.m., the musician will be telling holiday stories, leading the audience in holiday carols, and even giving anyone who’s interested the chance to try the harp for themselves.
Walton is a relative newcomer to the Western New York area, having relocated to Buffalo from her native Texas in the summer of 2014.
The harp is a rather non-traditional instrument – the size and expense of it means that it’s not likely to be one that anyone gets a chance to play in school, but it’s one that captured Walton’s imagination from the first time she heard it. She still remembers it as one of the defining moments of her life.
“The first time I saw and heard a harp in person was at a performance of the Nutcracker ballet my mom took me to see when I was around 7 years old,” she says. “I remember being mesmerized by the harp at every ballet we went to after that.”
It wasn’t until she was 11 that she took her first lesson, and today, she’s eager to pass on the same feeling learning and practicing the harp gave her. Performing for a younger audience – and interacting with them afterward – is one of... Read the rest of this article in News