Tales from the Harp is a yearlong concert series created by Chloe Tula, New World Symphony Harp Fellow. In each recital Chloe presents a unique one-hour program for all ages, blending attention-grabbing harp solos and storytelling. Presented in an intimate environment, these programs offer a chance to get up close and personal with the harp. All concerts are free and open to the public, but a donation of a book or any monetary amount is welcomed. All proceeds go to the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Photographed by Ekaterina Juskowski for #MIAMIGIRL
Based in South Beach, Chloe Tula is a second-year Harp Fellow with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. After her NWS debut last season, her playing was recognized immediately as “exquisitely contoured” by South Florida Classical Review. Having performed with ensembles in venues across the country from Carnegie Hall in New York to the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountains, Chloe has proven herself to be a versatile performer, comfortable in a wide variety of sonic environments. Last season, she won the opportunity of her concerto debut with the New World Symphony, in performances of Glière’s Concerto for Harp. In 2014, she won the Anne Adams Awards, a biennial national competition for solo harpists sponsored by the American Harp Society, as well as first prize in the Mildred Milligan Harp Competition.
On music as work vs. art
My obligations to an orchestra are definitely work. The orchestra is a giant machine that requires one to follow the rules. The repertoire of the orchestras is rather limited and doesn’t allow for a lot of experimental work. Art starts when I take ownership of something and find myself in full control. In that sense, Tales from the Harp is my art project.
On Tales from the Harp in her own words
As I said, I wanted to create something authentically mine and play the music that is important to me. For example, I transcribed Bach from the piano work and also Alexander Skryabin’s “Nocturne for the Left Hand,” an amazing piano piece for one hand. I will play so called harp showpieces, but also fun pieces like “Divertissements a L’Espagnole” by a French composer Andre Caplet. I’m trying to find as many pieces as possible with Latin sound or Spanish influence for Miami audience. This is quite challenging as Latin American harps are slightly different and there are not many South American pieces I can play with my harp.
In addition, I grew up in the countryside and came to realize how fortunate I was to have an opportunity to study music in a place with such limited resources. Miami is a Global city with diversity, music, art and culture at place, but it was surprising to learn that the city has extremely low literacy rates and that the children with the lowest literacy levels usually come from the lowest socioeconomic background. I’ve partnered with the Miami-Dade Public Library System with the goal to get those kids and their families into libraries. My program is kids-friendly, I’m hoping to expose them to the library environment and maybe even get hooked on music. They might be more interested then and maybe will decide to attend one of the concert for kids at the New World Symphony. NWS is supporting the project and provides discounted rates to the families, who attend my recitals.
December 16 at 2:30 PM
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33165
January 6 at 2:00 PM
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
March 3 at 2:00 PM
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Blvd #159, Miami, FL 33196
March 10 at 1:30 PM
Lemon City Branch Library
430 NE 61st St, Miami, FL 33137
April 28 at 2:00 PM
North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Tickets: Free of charge. A book or donations in support of the MDPLS are welcomed.