Celtic Harp Ensemble to perform in Springfield

Classic and traditional folk tunes will round out the 2015-2016 Sanctuary Series.

The Dayton Area Harp Ensemble Celtic will return to the series to perform the final concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at High Street United Methodist Church.

The concert is free, and free-will offerings to support the series will be also accepted.

The Dayton Area Harp Ensemble Celtic is comprised of Celtic or Irish harps, flute, violin, cello and percussion. In addition to folk and classic tunes, its program may also include a range of music from Disney to Broadway and is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.

While this marks the first appearance of the smaller Celtic Ensemble for the Sanctuary Series, the full Harp Ensemble presented a holiday concert for the series two years ago.

J. Chris Moore, High Street’s Musical Director of Traditional Worship, said the folk tunes are an appropriate program for the spring season and a nice way to wrap up the year.

“The mission at High Street United Methodist Church is to celebrate, nurture and serve,” he said. “Each season I look for artists who appeal to the broader community and whose programs have the potential to help us fulfill that mission.

“Our attendance has been excellent this year and the comments that I have heard have been very positive. I’ve just completed the lineup for next season, and I’m pleased to announce that there will be several new artists on the schedule.”

A reception in the church commons with the performers will follow the concert. The Sanctuary Series will return in the fall.

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