Fayette Fine Arts series opening 10.1

Written by David Green.

Fayette Arts Council members are calling this weekend a “String Thing.“ The 2008 Fayette Fine Arts Series opens the season with a doubleheader Oct. 3 and 4 at the Fayette Opera House.

TAPESTRY—The guitar and harp duo “Tapestry” kicks off the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Harpist Denise Grupp-Verbon joins her husband, Michael, on guitar for a return visit to the Opera House.

A harp and guitar performance may sound quiet and soothing, said Arts Council member Tom Spiess, but it’s far from sedate.

“With an energy that seemed to erupt during their performance three years ago and a repertoire that skillfully blended contemporary with classical music, this dynamic duo swept concert go-ers off their feet,” he said.

Anyone with a narrow impression of what can be performed on a harp should visit the Opera House, Spiess said, and be prepared to shed their preconceptions.

CHELSEA—The Chelsea House Orchestra will perform a concert of celtic music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Violins, violas, cellos, basses, guitars, flutes, oboes, bodhrans, djembes and harp are placed in the hands of 30 talented and motivated young people for an eclectic performance mostly derived from the Celtic tradition.

Under the direction of Jed Fritzemeier, the students’ commitment to excellence creates a rich evening of music.

The doors to the Ginnivan Theater open at 7 p.m. each night. Light refreshments will be served at concert receptions following both performances.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Season passes are available at a cost of $65 for families, $40 for individuals and $30 for seniors.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 419/237-3111.

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