MP3 Bronn and Katherine Journey - A Christmas Concert
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13 MP3 Songs
EASY LISTENING: Crooners/Vocals, EASY LISTENING: Mood Music
A Christmas Concert is one of my favorite recordings that we have done, simply because it is a "live" recording. There are no studio tricks, there are no "do overs." It is a REAL sound.
From the inspiring natural beauty of their Pacific Northwest home, The Journeys - Bronn, Katherine and the harp - bring to you music that is nothing short of glorious! The harp is often called "the instrument of angels," and Bronn's amazing versatility and skill on this ancient instrument along with Katherine's radiant voice will transport you to the gates of heaven itself!
Thirty-two years ago, a volunteer with the Seattle Public Schools placed a harp in Bronn's hands for the first time and began teaching the 11 year old boy how to play. He advanced rapidly, and soon moved on to study with harpist Edith Lundgren. By the time he was 16, he was performing professionally in fine hotels and restaurants in the Seattle area. After high school, Bronn was accepted to the School of Music at the University of Washington where he received instruction from Pamela Vokelek. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1985.
Katherine, a native of Calgary, Canada, began her musical training at age 8 with piano lessons after school. She continued taking lessons through high school and college, graduating from Dordt College in Iowa with a degree in Music Education in 1982. Katherine's solo voice training began in 1984, when she auditioned for and received the opportunity to study voice at the Music School at Arizona State University. She studied under Darlene Kliewer and graduated in 1987 with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance.
Today, The Journey's musical accomplishments are well known and appreciated throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. They have performed extensively in Washington, California, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. Their concert schedule has also taken them north into Western Canada. Bronn has even played the National Anthem at Seattle Seahawk and Sonics sporting events!
Bronn's dazzling virtuosity and humorous approach to a seriously classical instrument have made him a favorite with concert goers. "Because of the experience of playing in a variety of settings, I am very comfortable playing in many different styles," comments Bronn. Classical, Sacred, Broadway and Popular tunes all flow effortlessly from the strings of his harp, and Katherine's beautifully expressive interpretations of the songs she sings delight their audiences.
Seventeen albums are currently available on the Journeys' own label, "Phileo Music." They are sold in fine gift shops across the US and Canada.
When first introduced to the idea of a harp and voice concert, many audiences may respond by asking, "The harp? Isn't that what cherubs play?" The answer in Bronn's case is - "Perhaps! But do cherubs play everything from Classics to Folk to Broadway?" Even though he's not a cherub, Bronn delivers a widely varied repertoire with wit and humor while Katherine joins him in glorious song.
Don't miss Bronn as he brings his concert harp - the instrument of angels, down to earth for everyone to enjoy!
REVIEWS AND PRESS COMMENTS FOR THE JOURNEYS
Letters received included the following comments:
"It is a highlight of our (Christmas) season."
"We have given up our Nutcracker tickets to see you!"
"We look forward to your concerts each year. That is why we always buy your tickets early." (This person purchased 27 tickets!)
"As always, your talent and beautiful program left us uplifted and joyous."
"Katherine, you looked stunning and Bronn, you are such a peaceable entertainer. You make such a handsome couple together."
Quotes from the press include:
"Bronny J" is the Sky Valley's answer to Seattle's "Kenny G." As you may know, Kenny G is a master of the saxophone. Bronny J is an artist of the harp. In my opinion, their levels of talent parallelâ¦.." Monroe Monitor
"Bronn merely has a calm that more-often-than-not precedes a charming and very individual approach to showmanshipâ¦." Monroe Monitor
"Katherine's voice has an angelic quality. Bronn compliments her singing with delicate arrangements. Their music embraces the listener and together Bronn and Katherine blend seamlesslyâ¦" Music Sidelines, Portland, OR
"Talk about a voice! Talk about a harp! Talk about a spellbound audience! I was greatly impressed by everything I had seen and heardâ¦" Monroe Monitor
"The holidays just wouldn't be the holidays without Bronn Journeyâ¦" The Auburn Reporter
""â¦if the angel's play as sweetly as he does, it will be standing room only at the heavenly symphony. Katherine's voice was a delight. The two instruments, the voice and harp were meant to be heard together. Last night the audience listened in rapt silenceâ¦" The Baker City Herald
"A Northwest treasure.." The Everett Herald
"Their concerts are very entertaining. Don't you dare miss attending!" The Wenatchee World
""His (Bronn's) sound live is every bit as warm and carefully shaded as what you hear on his recordings. Technically assured, Bronn exudes just plain happiness when playing the harpâ¦." BC Harp Newsletter
"Bronn was that delightful combination of good musician and positive personalityâ¦" BC Harp Newsletter
"A true showman, a wonderful artist on the harpâ¦" The Seattle Times
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