JCA To Premiere 2017-18 Season With Friday Concert

Katherine Siochi, an award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, will perform Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, beginning at 8 p.m., in the first concert of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2017-18 season.

The new season of the Jamestown Concert Association will commence Friday with the Jamestown debut of nationally renowned, award-winning harpist Katherine Siochi.

Siochi will perform an 8 p.m. concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, putting on display her widely lauded talent and kicking off the six-concert 2017-18 season with the theme of “Transcending Borders.”

“We’re very excited to begin our season this Friday,” said Sally Ulrich, JCA president. “Katherine Siochi is an amazing young harpist who will enthrall everyone with her musical expertise and expansive repertoire. Her program will contain selections by Bach, Handel, Pescetti, Chopin, Debussy and Parish-Alvars. It will be breath-taking.”

An award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Siochi began her musical studies with the piano when she was 5 years old, and began learning the harp at age 9. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with New York Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. While earning her master’s at Juilliard, she was a recipient of the distinguished Kovner Fellowship.

Upon her graduation, Siochi went on to become the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th annual USA International Harp Competition — only the second American to do so since 1989. She has also received many awards in national harp competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society’s Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017.

Siochi has presented recitals and masterclasses in over 20 cities across the U.S. and, this summer, her recitals took her to Hong Kong and China. Her performances have been featured twice on NPR’s radio program “From The Top,” on New York Public Radio for WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase,” and on “Performance Today.”

Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Siochi has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall. She is a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. This year, she was featured as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall performing Ginastera’s Harp Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra. She has spent the past few summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival.

For more information about Siochi, visit her website at katherinesiochi.com.

Presale tickets to the concert are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $6 for college students. They can be purchased at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars or Wright’s Music Shed — or by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522.

Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $7.50 for college students. Children 18 and under will be admitted for free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Friday’s concert is being sponsored by Jamestown’s Rental Properties, Lakewood Furniture Galleries, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

For more information, visit jamestownconcertassociation.org.