Lipscomb's School of Music presents a concert by Duo Scorpio, a New York City-based harp duo, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Lipscomb's Ward Lobby, as part of its Faculty & Friends Concert Series.
Duo Scorpio, which is made up of harpists Kathryn Andrews and Kristi Shade, is on a mission to expand the repertoire for two harps by commissioning new works from innovative composers and discovering modern masterpieces already composed for this unique instrumentation.
In 2011, Duo Scorpio was awarded an American Harp Society Grant which they used for their first commission from composer Robert Paterson. His work, Scorpion Tales, was premiered by Duo Scorpio at the AHS National Conference in New York City on July 2, 2012.
Duo Scorpio went on to record their debut album, Scorpion Tales, in the spring of 2012 with Grammy award-winning engineer and producer, Adam Abeshouse. It was released on the American Modern Recordings label on September 4, 2012 and was on the ballot nomination for the 2013 Grammy® awards.
The duo was awarded a Classical Commissioning Grant in 2013 from Chamber Music America which they used for their commission from composer Nico Muhly. Duo Scorpio was again awarded an American Harp Society Grant in 2013 which they used to commission composer Andy Akiho. Both pieces, Fast Dances (Muhly) and Two Bridges (Akiho), were premiered by Duo Scorpio at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia on July 24, 2014.
Duo Scorpio believes that adding new works from modern composers not only benefits the harp community, but helps spread awareness of the instrument's capabilities throughout the contemporary classical community and its audiences.
For more information, contact Lipscomb's School of Music at 615.966.5929.