Harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

On Saturday, Jan. 28, you will be entertained by Dr. Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, an internationally acclaimed harpist, composer, educator and winner of a Gold Record in South America and the 2004 recipient of the Professional Artists in the Schools Award.

Ortiz will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Mingus Union High School, 1801 E. Fir Ave., in Cottonwood. Before the start of the second half of the concert, enjoy Ortiz in a special performance with Y.E.S. The Arc's Arc Angel Choir and Dancers. The Arc Angel Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Schauffler-Viresik, will perform several songs ­ Greensleeves with featured vocalist, Chris Gosser, and Simple Gifts.

Ortiz was born in Cuba in 1946. In 1958 he immigrated to Venezuela and in 1981 he began studying the Venezuelan folk harp with a friend from school. A year later he became a pupil of Alberto Romero on the Paraguayan harp. In 1964, he began medical studies in Medellin, Columbia, began performing professionally and recorded his first album. Music supported his medical studies until graduation in 1970, but since 1978 his life has been dedicated only to music.

With a multicultural repertoire, which covers folk, classical and popular music of many countries, Ortiz has performed for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He has recorded more than 40 albums. He has lectured on a variety of subjects at universities, colleges and schools, is the author or several books and articles and his compositions have been performed and recorded by classical and folk harpists in many countries.

His acclaimed South American Suite for Harp and Orchestra premiered March 3, 1996. Ortiz was invited to perform at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999, with an audience of over a thousand classical harpists from around the world.

Ortiz considers "his most important concert" playing the harp in the delivery room during the birth of his second daughter, on New Year's Eve, 1980.

Ortiz performed in July of 2005 at the World Congress in Dublin, Ireland, the largest harp event in the world.

Important parts of his work are educational and outreach activities that he presents in English and/or Spanish. These include schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, community service organizations, senior centers, public libraries, radio, television, etc.

The educational information and the repertoire are adapted to the age and educational level of the audience. The repertoire includes traditional classical and popular music from many countries as well as original compositions.

Selections are usually announced from the stage by Dr. Ortiz.

This concert received funding from a TourWest grant, made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), and its state arts agencies.

Partial funding for this concert was also provided by the Yavapai County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation. This concert is also supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Season corporate sponsors include the Verde Valley Medical Center, Salt River Materials Group/ Phoenix Cement; Focus on Graphics and The Latin American Center/El Latino Newspapers.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and will be available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. Advance tickets may be purchased by cash or check at Camp Verde Bashas', Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Food City, Planet Video, Sedona Books & Music and Weber's IGA. For credit card orders or more information, call the VVCA Office at 639-0636.

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