Hannah Grace Finson To Perform At Marilyn Horne Museum Wednesday

BRADFORD, Pa. — The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center will present Hannah Grace Finson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Finson, a Southwestern High School National Honor Society senior from Lakewood will play a selection of Classical and traditional Christmas music on her 107 year-old Lyon & Healy concert harp.

Hannah Finson has been studying harp since she was 8 years old. During a family visit to a local church event, Finson, who was about five or six at the time, discovered the instrument and immediately asked to take lessons. That event began what would become a nearly 10-year journey and labor of love for the Finson family. Hannah’s mother Karen researched for almost a year before finding the Venus Harp Company in Chicago, Illinois. The factory contacted the Finson family about a newly restored antique harp that was available for purchase. The family traveled to Chicago where they spent the day at the factory learning about harps — how they are strung, tuned, played, moved, and cared for.

Hannah Finson received her first harp lessons from Ann Harris, a Jamestown area resident, and is currently studying with Sonja Inglefield, a chamber musician and harp instructor at SUNY Fredonia. She has performed two solo harp recitals at ages 12 and 15. Her public harp performances have been limited, however, due the difficulty of moving the 75 pound antique instrument, which is sensitive to climate fluctuations and humidity.

“This is a very special concert for us,” said museum manager Matthew Hileman. “Marilyn Horne has dedicated the last two decades of her life to mentoring and educating youth. This concert is in perfect keeping with the museum’s mission of introducing new generations to the power and importance of Classical music.”

The December 6 performance will be presented in the museum’s intimate theater, which is designed to recreate the ambience of Venice’s famed Opera house, La Fenice. Finson will be playing to a “sold out” audience with all seats being already reserved for this special appearance. The Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center Concert Series will have four more monthly performances with the last to take place in April.

Hannah Grace Finson is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. She plays the harp, piano, and trumpet and has been involved with The Lucille Ball Little Theatre Junior Guilder Program for nine years. A member of the Gloria Lutheran Church Choir, Hannah also volunteers at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital in Jamestown.