Babcock Season Continues with Harpist Kathleen Bride March 28

| March 18, 2009

Sweet Briar College’s 2008-2009 Babcock Season continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28 with a concert by harpist Kathleen Bride. The event will be held in Memorial Chapel and a reception will follow. A master class will be held after the concert and reception at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel.

The program includes a romantic mix of music from the Baroque period and the French masters.

Bride has been on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music since 1989, where she teaches harpists from the United States and abroad. She also serves as a guest professor at the Royal Northern College of Music and The Chetham’s School in Manchester, England, and has toured and conducted master classes in the U.S. and Europe and Asia.

“She is only the third harp teacher in the seventy-eight-year history of the Eastman School of Music,” Rebecca McCord, music professor at Sweet Briar, said. “Kathleen is not only an esteemed concert artist, but her success in teaching the next generation of harpists is impacting music schools and orchestras around the world.”

Bride was invited to perform a Sweet Briar to “augment our own harp program,” McCord said, which was started a few years ago by harpist Virginia Schweninger. Several of Schweninger’s students will play during the master class.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 23 and are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children younger than 12. Admission to the master class is free. For reservations, contact the box office at (434) 381-6120 or [email protected]. Tickets also may be purchased using a credit card at

— Suzanne Ramsey

Category: Music, Performing Arts