WCU Harpfest is a “HEART”fest!
by Cate Murway

Calling all “plucky people”. Harp players unite. Pianists, too!
How are harps and pianos related?
Both instruments involve strings. While a piano has hammers hitting a string, causing the sound; a harp has the player pulling the strings. 
Played on a harp, bettcha  “Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall” will sound like Beethoven! The harp creates musical alchemy, spinning it’s own gold into the musical wool of whatever tune it plays. 
It’s ethereal. It’s celestial. And very versatile!
The instrument’s role in classical music is established, but it can take on Broadway! 
Even ragtime tunes, just because it can! Soaring string sounds quickly fascinate!

Gloria Galante, who plays an ornate, scrolled instrument [it looks as good as it sounds], currently has students ranging in age from 6 to “I’ll never tell”.
Gloria is a professor, director and creator of the harp program at West Chester University [WCU] College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Director of the WCU Harp Ensemble, and a Musicopia (formerly Strings for Schools) ensemble leader. She is named on the prestigious roster of the PA Council on the Arts. Gloria has been a member of the American Harp Society and Folk Harp Society since 1986, contributing many articles to their journal.

It’s never too late [or too early!] to learn the harp! Live life to the youngest!
There are lap harps for the “lap top” graduate’s little fingers, harps with narrow necks enabling those musicians with short arms a full reach of the strings, and harps with as few as 12 strings and as many as 47. Try to find those kind of performance-friendly versions in a piano. Lessons are tailored for each unique student and are designed to let them reach their maximum potential. 
Piano lessons are a great place for young children to begin their musical studies.  Students will learn how to read music and play recognizable songs. Many students benefit from studying piano before starting any other instrument.

The “Harp Circle” meets at the Silver Lake Nature Center [their Bristol Campus] every 3rd Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
They share a piece they are working on and then perform,  bringing a fresh perspective to music. All ages are welcomed.

Meet some of the historic Bristol on the Delaware residents who will be performing “Music of France” at the WCU Harpfest XIII.

Andreana Michele Manto, [parents, Denise & Jeff Manto, BHS ’82] is a busy 6th grader, participating in softball; dance [tap & pointe] at Carol Willson Studio One; tennis and forensics, along with taking piano lessons from Gloria for the last 2.5 years.
“Gloria is a very special person. She goes above and beyond with her spiritual, enlightening and encouraging inspiration for the kids.” Her mom also shared, “She played at my wedding at Queen of the Universe”. 
Andreana will be performing “Ma Jeunesse”, “Now the Green Blade Rises” and the French National Anthem, “La Marseillaise” on the Baby grand piano.
 “Andreana is a lively, perky free spirit. She has shown an interest in classical and contemporary dance and acrobatics for almost 5 years, so it doesn’t really surprise me that she is playing the piano!” Carol A. [Wilcox] Willson Wagner, owner of Carol Willson Studio One located on Floor "3N" in the Grundy Commons.

“Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.” 
from “Now the Green Blade Rises”

Martina Miller, a Borough resident who is originally from Italy, has been a Galante student of the piano and the pedal & Celtic harps for 10 years.
“Gloria is an excellent teacher, an excellent person. She touches many people’s lives. It’s not just about the lesson… you really learn how to play the piano and the harp. She’s my mentor and my friend!” 
Martina is an Intern, learning to become a CMP certified music practitioner to play therapeutic music at the bedside. 
Her grandson, Brendon will start taking piano lessons, along with her daughters, Francesca and Michelle, who also plays the harp. 

Elaine Diane Tosti, BHS ‘58/Rider ’62, “always in retail”, is a retired buyer/general manager of Pomeroy’s and a former district manager of Catherines, the leader in classic career fashions. Those careers entailed “a lot of traveling”.  She met Gloria when she was playing the harp at her cousin’s, Mark and Pam Zefferi’s, wedding. Now Elaine plays the percussion [meaning the hitting of one body against another] instruments, the first musical devices ever created that provide a variety of rhythms, textures and tone colors.
She masters the hand drums, bells, tuned chimes or tubular bells, maracas with their untuned sound, and the tambourine or “marine” with its pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils". 
“It’s very rare to have a harp ensemble; very unique to this area. Gloria is just wonderful and a lot of fun!” 
History major, Danielle Elizabeth Lehr, NA ‘08/WCU ’12, keeps her music as a stress reliever! Pedal harpist/ pianist, Danielle was involved in corral, was the newspaper editor, and the secretary of her HS Tri-M Honor Society [international music honor society] that earned the #1 spot in the nation for 2 years. Her sister, Lynsey Marie Lehr, NA ’09/Cabrini College, who is also involved in corral, is the current newspaper editor, and serves as the historian in the Tri-M will sing the accompaniment to her harp performance of Claude Debussy’s “Beau Soir” at the concert. 
Why the harp? Danielle’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Eiser read an article about a harpist and she asked her to learn the instrument and to play at her funeral. Grandmom Dorothy has made the decision to give her “plenty of time to practice”!
Their brother, Ryan Charles Lehr, Judge ’12, plays the guitar. 

Distance runner, Karen [Delaney] Wheeler, BHS ’84/SJU ’88 who played clarinet in the BHS marching band and her husband, cross country/track athlete LCDR John Taylor Wheeler, BHS ’83/Millersville, who will running the Boston Marathon for the 4th time, have two daughters performing at the WCU Harpfest.
7th grader Veronica Renee [Ronnie] will play the harp. She started taking piano lessons first when she was 6 years old.  “My dad asked me to take lessons and I said OK. I’m happy that I did!” Her favorite music is Beethoven’s “Für Elise”. 
2nd grader Bridget Kathleen will play the piano at the 2:30 p.m. lobby concert. She can’t reach the pedals, but she’s trying. “I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but I don’t grow!” 

Michele Renee Tate, the owner of “Sales Philosophy”, coaches sales team members and developers and she still finds the time to play the pedal and the Celtic harps. The harp solo in “Welcome Me Love” by Brooklyn Bridge is what originally entranced her.
  “Gloria is a phenomenal human being. She can morph different learning styles, to reach everyone in their level and on their terms.”
Her 6-year-old daughter, Chelsea Ann watched her mommy play. 
“I like her playing and I can play with my mom now.”
She took piano lessons first, for about 2 years, and started the pedal harp 6 months ago. 
Chelsea also wants to play the flute, “Lion King” and music from Diego the Animal Rescuer. 
She too has a concern with the pedal distance. 
“I eat spaghetti and peaches, and apples, but not until my top tooth and bottom tooth comes out, they’re wiggly”. She will get to wear “a pretty dress, it’s pink and black” when she performs at the concert.

Harpist Elizabeth Grace [Liz] Solomen’s music dream started in H.S.  She noticed a harp in a window on her morning bus ride. Years later, when her children were grown, her niece, Ruthann and her sister-in-law, Ruth encouraged her to play. Now she and her flutist friend, Kathy Kaewell perform duets over the holidays at Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts on Mill Street.
“Bristol is a charming little town. All the people are so friendly and I love the homes on the river.” 
Liz went for a lesson and Gloria let her play her pedal harp. Together, they went to Haddonfield and she purchased a natural wood Lyon Healey Pedal harp with 7 pedals.
Gloria “stretched her brain” and she can play the 7 pedal harp now!
“I just love her. She’s a fantastic teacher, interested in every student in an incredible way. She’s sweet. I’m so glad I’m taking lessons with her!” 
Her grandchildren are also drawn to the harp, especially 7-year-old Erica who plucks the 22 string version. Her grandson, Jordan plays the drums, guitar and cello and said he wants the harp “when Mom-Mom goes to heaven.” 

NJ resident, a former Raytheon Engineers Project manager, David Eugene Field, Roxborough H.S.‘48/U of PA ‘52/ U of DE ‘58 is a master craftsman luthier who will play the dulcimer [the first instrument he ever made] at the harp festival. 
“Gloria is a wonderful person and she does an amazing job.”
The word dulcimer is made up of two words: the Latin word "dulce" meaning "sweet", and the Greek suffix "melos" meaning "song or tune". He has played this fretted, plucked musical instrument for over 40 years. His preferred music is  “blue grass but not in overdrive!”
David was named after the poet, Eugene Field, nicknamed, The Children's Poet, who wrote a humorous column called "Sharps and Flats". David’s daughter, Caroline is a member of the Harrisburg harp orchestra and his son, Charles plays the guitar, banjo, dulcimer and piano.

First grade student, Gianni Louis Quattrocchi [parents pianist Heather, NP ’87 & Angelo, HGP ’90] is the “piano man”. “I love it!  I want to be famous!”
He claims to practice 5 hours every day, but his mom said it’s actually 15 minutes a day.
Gianni eats lots of vegetables and fruits, “carrots, broccoli, lettuce, apples, tomatoes and oranges” to ensure that his feet will reach the pedals some day. 
His favorite song is “Ode to Joy” and he wants to learn to play “My Heart Will Go On”, the Titanic theme song.
His mom, Heather has hosted several Silpada Designs fundraising jewelry shows. She donates her profits made from the sales of the handcrafted bold, unique and highly detailed highest-quality .925 sterling silver jewelry creations toward the goal to develop the WCU Harp scholarship to preserve the harp program for generations at WCU. 
“Gloria has been so influential to so many young musicians and I would love to see the inception of a harp scholarship.  I wish I had half of her energy!!!! She is phenomenal!!!”

“The power of music in the children’s life gives them self esteem.”  
Professional Harpist Gloria Galante

Join the “Harpfest groupies” on Sunday, April 5th 3:00 P.M. at the WCU Harpfest XIII.
WCU College of Visual and Performing Arts
Adler Theatre 
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA  19380

The WCU Harpfest XIII performs in remembrance of their beautiful member, Patricia Parsons.
The concert is also in memory of Aunt Gloria Giacinto, Aunt Lorraine Rothman, Aunt Flossie(Florence) Zefferi, and Emidio Tosti.

Gloria Galante 
Teaching Artist of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts
CMP certified music practitioner

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ANTHONY A. GALANTE II, "DUKE", suddenly on July 7, 2009, age 45 years. 
Husband of Kathleen (nee Maggiani), devoted father of Anthony A.III, 
Danielle L. and Michael V., son of Anthony V. (Theresa Guilfoyle) Galante and 
Delores G. Giancinto (Charles) Tennesen, brother of June G. (Ray) DiMaio, 
Gloria M. Galante (Fred Vandenberg) and Elaine C. Galante. 
Step brother of Lori (Ed) Bamberger, Joe (Barbara) Matyszczak, 
Nina And Nick (Laurie) Matyszczak; also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Duke was a tile setter and a member of Int'l Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman #1. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Mon. 9:30-10:30 A.M. at
St. Cecilia's Church 535 Rhawn Street, Phila., PA 19111 Followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. Rite of Committal Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials in Anthony's name may be made to Cardinal Dougherty H.S. Scholarship Fund. GALANTE F.H. 
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News on 7/10/2009 



You Gotta Have Harp
by Cate Murway

Music has the power to cause gripping, often irresistible emotions to well up within us and these feelings seem to emerge from nowhere. Music has the muscle to transcend time, culture, and language, sometimes highlighting our similarities, sometimes celebrating our differences, as we connect with others. Like food, music has the ability to nourish - to nourish the souls of innumerable listeners as well as the souls of countless musicians who have shared the event of music for ages.  Music is the most powerful simple, complex, subtle, or overt bond in a world in such a great need of harmony. 

It is a demonstrated fact that participating in a music program in school will help develop your brain to a higher level and much faster than other students. According to the Nov. 29, 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer article by freelance journalist, Barbara Hall, “The art of education must include the arts”. 
Music effectively improves communication between the right and left sides of the brain, allowing one to achieve enhanced comprehension and memorization skills. Music is an exacting science, in an explicit and structured way, and demands acoustics. Music is a math, based on the rhythmic subdivisions of time, done in a split second. Music is usually an historical indication of the time and environment in which it was fashioned. Music is a language of its own, using symbols to represent ideas. Most of all, music is an art, created from the heart and molded by emotion, transforming mere notes on a page into an emotion and feeling beyond “measure”, endowing the listener with aesthetic or intellectual pleasure. Every child has the right to a well-rounded education that includes “tuning” into the varying aptitudes of every student.

For centuries people have basked in the Harp’s graceful music. The almost ethereal quality of this ancient instrument conjures up an aura of tranquility and exquisite beauty and its evocative tones touch us deeply, enchanting us with its elegance and lyrical sound. 
The unobtrusive music creates an atmosphere of peace and restfulness and enhances without being overwhelming. 

Enter, harpist Gloria Galante, Cardinal Dougherty H.S. ‘88/Chestnut Hill College/B.S., West Chester University/ M.M., VanderCook College of Music, Chicago/ CMP Certified Music Practitioner, [sound engineer/guitarist husband, Fred Vandenberg, Jr.] who is full of energy, helpful, knowledgeable and truly caring and believes that “everyone should be playing harp!” Gloria is professor, director and creator of the harp program at WCU College of the Visual and Performing Arts. She has performed and toured in Puerto Rico with guitarist José Feliciano [born José Montserrate Feliciano García]; a Philly tour with singer, songwriter, and actress Diana Ross; a 3 year on-the-road gig with singer Frank Sinatra, Jr. who carries the essence of his late father’s vocal timbre; and toured with the late soul singer, Luther Vandross.
Gloria has released 30 recordings and produced 2 therapeutic harp CDs, raising donations to advance the mission of Susan G. Komen for the cure.

Gloria’s dad, Anthony [Tony] was not only “instrumental” in toting Gloria’s harp. Her big cheerleader in life said "no" when she wanted to stop taking piano lessons at the age of 11.  He shared his feelings, saying “It is good discipline for a young lady and plus your are talented. It is a gift that God has given you.” Gloria confides, “I wasn't too pleased in the day. Today I could kiss his toes! Just thanking him and the Lord's direction for encouraging me because I am a professional musician.”

Pianist Gloria aspired to be part of her H.S. orchestra and was obligated to choose an orchestral instrument remaining from the final assortment of trombone, tuba, and harp.
The multi-talented and versatile Gloria chose the stringed instrument that has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. Her harp's romantic elegance melodically fills the air to this day. 
Carol Alcorn, her harp teacher at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, was a student of French born harpist, composer and conductor Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961), who began playing piano at the age of three, and who remains one of the greatest harpists in history. Gloria then sought out and trained under Edna [Phillips] Rosenbaum (1908-2003), principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1930 to 1946, first woman to occupy a principal position with a major American symphony [dubbed the "first lady of the orchestra,"] under conductor Leopold Stokowski 1882-1977, whose free-hand manner of conducting became one of his trademarks. Edna also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with the celebrated harpist Carlos Salzedo and played under Eugene Ormandy.

Gloria purchased her first semi-grand walnut pedal harp after college from Lyon & Healy (founded in 1864 by two men originally from Boston, George W. Lyon and Patrick J. Healy.) The company built its first harp in 1889 and is one of the few major harp manufacturers in the world, among the most widely played in the world by professional musicians.

To see Gloria Galante, such a diverse artist, is to be mesmerized by her infinite magic, as she is proficient in so many musical genres. This petite dynamo is said to be [and rightly so!] a chameleon harpist. She plucks, strums, and practically dances on those strings to create almost any kind of music her audience desires- classical, jazz, Latin, African, and pop. The professor and creator of the harp program at West Chester University (WCU), Director of the WCU Harp Ensemble, and a Musicopia (formerly Strings for Schools) ensemble leader is on the prestigious roster of the PA Council on the Arts. Gloria has been a member of the American Harp Society and Folk Harp Society since 1986, contributing many articles to their journal.

As a member of PAEP Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, she encourages excellence in arts-in-education practice, and brings arts-based learning experiences to students who otherwise would have limited access to these opportunities. She and the markedly different and original musician, Odean Pope, whose saxophonic approach sounds nothing like saxophone, wrote the program for Teaching Artists that was accepted by PCA [PA Council of the Arts], naming them to the prestigious roster of teaching artists. They work with children over a 10 day period [usually 2 days/ for 5 weeks] introducing composition, jazz, classical and history of music and integrate it with what they are learning in school. They will be presenting their program next at the Montessori School in Morrisville.
Gloria’s musical talent fosters pride and ambition in many of her students. She recommended the 5’ Samick baby grand piano for her former student, pianist, Vincent John Casmirri, whose self-proclaimed “dream school” is The Juilliard School, located at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the heart of NYC. He performs in the WCU Harp Festival.

After orchestrating for almost 2 decades in the flourishing WCU harp program,  “Opening a brand-new building on campus has been music to everyone’s ears at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.” WCU is proud to be an All-Steinway School that demonstrates a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. Even the building itself is shaped like a Steinway piano- a beautiful structure, state of the art building with regard to environmental friendliness at WCU of Pennsylvania's School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Swope Music Building [named in honor of Dr. Charles E. Swope, former WCU President] is designed with a showcase 375-seat theater, along with a large stage and orchestra pit.

What Gloria is truly excited about, is the full circle- Gina Cecilia [Lardani] Giachero, Nazareth Academy ‘99/Temple/West Chester U. ’04, Music Performance major- harp and piano accompaniment and Gloria both grew up in Fox Chase, attended the same grammar school and studied piano with Alice [Shinn] DeFrenz. Gina began studying harp with Anita Finnelly and then continued her studies under Professor Galante at West Chester. Gina is currently directing shows at WCU, one of which was “Cole”, the lively musical revue based on the life of the legendary composer, Cole Porter, and also productions at Walnut Street Theatre and the Kimmel Center-Innovation Studio. Now they will be working together as professionals with a stellar group of actors and musicians in Fantasticks.

Gina, music director of the Fantasticks [January 10 - February 24] fantasticksthemusical.com at the Kimmel Center, effused enthusiasm as she stated, “Gloria is a phenomenal person! She could take a random person off the street and teach them harp! She loves life and exudes that to any person she talks to. I find it wonderful to be able to work with her on this show as professionals rather than just teacher and student. She has and will always be a fantastic teacher but it's been so nice to be able to talk to her as friend and fellow musician. She is the best harpist I know and I'm honored to be able to say that I was her student.”

Something magical happens when you hear Gloria’s music. Listeners deeply connect with the inspiring and lilting notes of her harp. The “Harp Circle” meets at the Silver Lake Nature Center [their Bristol Campus] every 3rd Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
They share a piece they are working on and then perform,  bringing a fresh perspective to music. All ages are welcomed. Collingswood, NJ resident David Field, a Celtic harp luthier [harp maker] shares his genuine warmth and vitality. He and his group, “Tapestry” and Gloria with her “Trillium” along with Sarah C. Williams and Madeline Hlywiak play at the Borough’s annual family-oriented First Night New Year Celebrations. 
Their very supportive group, including Borough residents, Elaine Tosti, percussionist of the WCU Harp ensemble, and Gloria’s friend and student of both piano and harp, Martina Miller, originally from Italy, also a member of the WCU Harp ensemble are thrilled to play and share their music for the Pond Tours and the Winter Solstice at the Nature Center. Brad Little cast as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera and Gloria performed a duo at Ralph and Monica DiGuiseppe, Jr.’s daughter, Jennifer’s wedding. Don’t miss an opportunity to stop in to see Gloria at Café Antonio in Morrisville!

Gloria Galante is a visionary and a very quick thinker who enthralls her audiences with her unlimited enthusiasm for her art.


You Gotta Have Harp 
Summer Camp
June 22-27 in Burlington, NJ
Celtic Harp/Pedal Harp
This will be the 3rd annual summer harp camp organized by Gloria Galante and Kathy DeAngelo. Join them for a full week of in-depth harp playing on either the pedal or Celtic harp. This fun learning experience will be geared for the intermediate and advanced student, although a beginner track will be added if sign-up levels permit.

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 Gloria Galante
 Fred and Gloria 
 Gina and Gloria 
from left-
Liz Solomen, Martina Miller, Michele Tate
Gianni Louis Quattrocchi 
Pulled by the HARP Strings
by Cate Murway

Classical music often aspires to communicate a transcendent quality of emotion, expressing something universal about the human condition. 

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

For centuries people have basked in the harp’s refined music. Legend has it that Apollo made the first harp/lyre from the dry carcass of a tortoise with a string of sinew still stretched across it.
The almost ethereal quality of this ancient instrument conjures up an aura of tranquility and exquisite beauty and its evocative tones touch us deeply, enchanting us with its elegance and lyrical sound. 
It may seem daunting to imagine yourself playing a harp. But it really isn't such an impossible task and Bristol Township resident Gloria Gallante is determined to prove that it is child’s play even though harp technique is a little more complicated than some instruments initially.
Gloria is a visionary and a very quick thinker who enthralls her students with her unlimited enthusiasm for her art.

She is a professor, director and creator of the harp program at West Chester University [WCU] College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Director of the WCU Harp Ensemble, and a Musicopia (formerly Strings for Schools) ensemble leader. She is named on the prestigious roster of the PA Council on the Arts. Gloria has been a member of the American Harp Society and Folk Harp Society since 1986, contributing many articles to their journal.

Her current project is “Save the Harp”, a fundraiser to repair Villa Victoria Academy’s harp and support the music scholarship program.

Please join in for an afternoon of beautiful music featuring Villa Victoria students and the West Chester Harp Ensemble under the direction of Gloria Galante. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the beautiful Lyon & Healy harp that sits in the "Harp Room" of the Villa mansion as well as the Sr. Elizabeth Parente, MPF Music Scholarship Program at the private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women located on a beautiful, historical forty-four acre campus on the Delaware River in Ewing, NJ.

Christina Marie Hardister '12 and her mother, Catherine Teresa and her dad, Patrick Reid Hardister have provided much leadership in arranging this concert. Christina is a scholarship student and has trained with Gloria for almost 6 years on her Dusty Strings Celtic pedal harp. This is an instrument with “angelic and beautiful”, wonderful resonance sounds that allows her to express herself in the best way possible. She feels that her teacher, Gloria “ is enthusiastic and always encouraging”.
The sincere love of music and the enterprising nature of this ambitious young musician, Christina, was the passion behind the assembly of the components for this “Save the Harp” event.

The newest harpist, Olivia Marie Quinn is a Villa Victoria fifth grader with lots of experience at being a terrific big sister! Her parents Stephen Patrick, Sr. and Kelly Ann just welcomed twins a little over a month ago. Sophia Elizabeth and Stephen Patrick, Jr. joined Olivia, 9-year-old Juliet Rose, and 6-year-old Isabella Grace.
Olivia is a multi-sport athlete who likes classical music and she thinks that the harp “sounds majestic”.
She stated emphatically, “I love my lessons with Gloria. She’s a really great teacher and she knows her stuff.”

“The power of music in the children’s life gives them self esteem.”  
Professional Harpist Gloria Galante

Gloria is always thrilled to play and share her music for the Pond Tours and the Winter Solstice at the Nature Center.
The “Harp Circle” meets at the Silver Lake Nature Center [their Bristol Campus] every 3rd Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
They share a piece they are working on and then perform, bringing a fresh perspective to music. All ages are welcomed.
Gloria has released 30 recordings and produced 2 therapeutic harp CDs, raising donations to advance the mission of Susan G. Komen for the cure.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear and see something magical on Historical Bristol Day this Saturday, October 16th. The harp is a very visual as well as tactile instrument.
You will be warmly welcomed to an oasis of magical, angelic music for your body, mind and spirit.
Soaring string sounds with inspiring and lilting notes quickly fascinate!
The Bell Apartments lobby at 824 Radcliffe Street will be the setting for harpist Gloria Galante and a few of her proficient Celtic harp students including Christina and Olivia at 11:30AM and 1:00PM.

Christina will play one of Claude Debussy’s greatest delicate musical works, “La fille aux cheveux de lin” (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) and Olivia will solo  “Two Guitars” by Linda Wood on Historic Bristol Day. 

The “Save the Harp” program starts at 3:00 PM on October 17th at Villa Victoria and will include their choral ensemble, “The HoneyBees” and the seniors’ Acappella group, the “Decibelles”. Restoration donations are appreciated for the necessary “open harp surgery” to refine the parts, to better the instrument and better their musical accomplishments and preserve the harp program.
Be part of the memorable moments. Please help them continue to make memorable moments with the world's most relaxing music for generations of students to come.

Save the Harp
Villa Victoria Academy Theatre
376 West Upper Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 
Call for more info 609.298.9445  

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Mr. Charles Johann Tennesen, Jr.

 Charles Johann Tennesen, Jr., 87, of Ellenton, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at his residence.

 Charles was born on December 12, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Charles Johann Jr. and Elsie (Baldwin) Tennesen. He served his country faithfully during World War II by serving with the United States Army Signal Corps.
 He worked as a tax collector for the United States Internal Revenue Service and retired from there after many years of loyal service.
 He moved to Manatee County in September 2004 coming from Yardley, Pennsylvania. Locally he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bradenton.

 Charles was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, and a step-son, Anthony Galante. He is survived by loving wife of 37 years, Gloria Dolores (Giacinto) Tennesen of Ellenton, Florida, daughter, Elaine C. Galante of Toms River, New Jersey, two step-daughters; June Diamio and her husband Raymond of Southampton, Pennsylvania, Gloria Galante and her husband Fred VanDenBerg of Edgely, Pennsylvania, five step-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.

 The family will receive friends from 10-11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Memorial Chapel of First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, with a Celebration of Charles’s life to follow at 11:00 A.M. Interment with military honors by the United States Army will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida.

 The family request that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to either the First Baptist Church of Bradenton or TideWell Hospice in his memory.
 Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
 Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel, Bradenton, Florida.

Christina Marie Hardister
Olivia Marie Quinn