Classic Holiday Harps and Strings
By Tom Keener
Enjoy a special holiday concert that combines the mystical sound of two harps, two cellos, and a viola at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, at the Allen Public Library. Selections will include a Gregorian chant, traditional, classical and Celtic tunes. Sharon Towndrow, Brian Towndrow, Christine Towndrow and Catherine Oustalet will provide an alternative to traveling to Vienna, Austria, to hear classical holiday music.
An Allen resident, harpist Sharon Towndrow has a private music studio. She has been a hospital harpist, church musician, free-lance player, and member of several symphony orchestras. Formerly on the music faculty at Angelo State University, her music degrees are from Texas Tech University and University of Texas at El Paso, with additional studies at University of North Texas and Abilene Christian University, where she was also on the adjunct faculty. Sharon also plays the oboe with the Allen Community Band.
Cellist Brian Towndrow is an Allen resident. Performing in numerous orchestras throughout Texas and Pennsylvania, he is currently the orchestra director at Ranchview High School in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD. He holds cello performance degrees from Penn State University and Baylor University, where he additionally served as adjunct cello faculty.
A resident of Allen, Christine Towndrow is a cellist. She has a music education degree from Baylor University, with additional studies at Penn State University. Now serving as the orchestra director at Barbara Bush Middle School in the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD, she has played in various orchestras in the Texas and Pennsylvania areas.
Catherine Oustalet is a graduate of Allen High School, where she was harpist and violist in the Allen High School Full Orchestra. Pursuing a music degree at Collin College, she has also performed for the Allen Civic Ballet.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. Call 214-509-4911for additional information.