Grand harpist to perform April 5

March 25, 2014 

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra's upcoming spring concerts will feature two soloists, including Central California's premiere concert grand harpist, Laura Porter. Porter and the orchestra's principal flute, Sandra Stocking, will be featured in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at Mariposa High School. A second performance will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6, in the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park.

"It's a remarkable piece, especially when you realize Mozart was only 22 when he composed it," notes Les Marsden, the orchestra's founder/conductor.

Porter has held the position of principal harp with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra for 24 years. She is the founder of the Fresno Area Harp Circle, a group for adults who all play the harp.

Stocking has played flute for more than 35 years and has served as principal flute of the Mariposa orchestra for several years. She holds both Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees in music with emphases in education and performance.

The concert's second half will continue with Franz Schubert's 8th Symphony in b minor, the "Unfinished." One of the most famous works of music, Schubert lived for another six years after completing only two movements, dying in 1828 at the age of 31.

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra will conclude the concert with the world premiere of Marsden's latest symphonic work, "Hope in a Time of Tragedy," a 20-minute symphonic poem honoring the 150th anniversary of the June 30, 1864 signing of the Yosemite Grant Act.

Tickets for the Mariposa concert are $6 for adults, $4 for students. The Yosemite performance is free.

Details: Mariposa Arts Council, (209) 966-3155,

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