Harpist to perform for CMS students

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Celebrating being alive, David Hauze, a musician from Crawford, Colo., will perform in Craig Friday for area students and community members. Hauze performs musical numbers with "early instruments" such as folk harps and ancient gemshorn and recorders.

According to Hauze, by using history and anecdotes relating to musical talents, his performance has an effect on his audiences.

"I integrate powerful messages of the capacity we each have to create harmony for ourselves, follow our dreams and be the best we can be," Hauze said.

Craig Intermediate School music teacher Charleah Firestone, after beginning to play the harp herself, organized Hauze's trip to Craig.

"I started to play the harp a year ago in March," Firestone said. "I heard about him (Hauze) and found out he puts on performances."

With the help of the Craig Arts and Humanities Council, Firestone was able to schedule Hauze this Friday.

His performance is coming at a great time, according to Firestone, because fifth-graders are just learning how to play the recorder, a wind instrument similar to a flute. Being able to watch Hauze play his recorder should benefit those students.

Playing six different harps, such as the Celtic and Bavarian, Hauze also entertains questions from students throughout the program, which, according to Hauze, has proven to be "expanding and fulfilling for students."

"I have developed a very unique program," Hauze said. "This is a fascinating and fun program through which students learn history, culture and self responsibility, while enjoying an up-close view of instruments with which they ordinarily would not have contact."

Firestone welcomes anyone interested to the performances which are open to the public.

"How often do we get to hear a harp playing in Craig?" Firestone asked.

Performances will be at Sunset Elementary School from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m., Craig Intermediate School from 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m., East Elementary School from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and at Ridgeview Elementary School from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Program content will vary depending upon grade levels of the audience.

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