Harpist Catrin Finch to Perform in Carl Broman Concert Series at Mary Baldwin

March 19, 2001

Harpist Catrin Finch will perform in Mary Baldwin University’s 2000-2001 Carl Broman Concert series, Tuesday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in the Francis Auditorium, located in the Pearce Science Center at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets in Staunton. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Bookstack or at the door the night of the concert.

In 2000, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch was appointed as harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. During her two-year tenure as Royal Harpist, she performs at a number of events for Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales reestablished this post, last filled by an appointment in 1871 by Queen Victoria, after hearing Ms. Finch perform at his 50th birthday party in Buckingham Palace.

Finch began studying harp at the age of six in her native Wales. At the age of ten she was invited to play at the 1990 World Harp Congress in Paris, and as the principal harpist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain she was the youngest member to perform at a BBC Promenade concert at Royal Albert Hall. At sixteen, Ms. Finch moved to London to attend the Purcell School. She currently studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

The program will conclude Bach, Rota, Debussy, Faure, Litszt, Renie, Goss, and Godefroid.

The chamber music series is named for Dr. Carl W. Broman, who served on the Mary Baldwin University faculty from 1935 to 1976. During that time, Dr. Broman built one of the strongest undergraduate music programs in the Mid-Atlantic states.

For more information about this year’s Broman Concert Series, please contact Dr. Robert Allen at (540) 887-7294.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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