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Patrick Ball: Celtic Harp and Story

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm


We welcome back Patrick Ball, who has honored our series by appearing 7 times before, with completely different shows and different musical configurations, combining elements of music, storytelling, theater and literature. Patrick is an extraordinary steel string Celtic harpist and an equally talented storyteller. In an article entitled, An Irish Bard Plucks at Heartstrings the San Franciso Chronicle wrote,
“… whenever performer Patrick Ball pulls his stool up to the harp, streams of silvery tunes glisten and shimmer. It’s instant Irish nostalgia, even for a listener who has no particular connection to the country and its culture…Ball plays the pedalless Celtic harp with a deft, florid touch. The melodies are lovingly shaped and the intricate finger work gracefully phrased.”

Whether he is acting out a scene, telling a story, performing solo or with others, Patrick has always turned in a stellar performance here at Caltech. His words connect with the audience, and the moods he creates with the harp are breath-taking. He is a master interpreter of the legendary Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan in particular. Don’t miss this chance to be swept away by this master storyteller as he transports you to other lands and he treats you to an evening of achingly beautiful harp music.

Tickets: $20 / $5 for Caltech students and children

Tickets can be purchased on the phone (626-395-4652) with a credit card (a service charge will be added per order), purchased at the Caltech Public Events Ticket Office at the Winnett Student Center for face value (Generally open Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM), purchased online (click on red ticket below- service charge added per ticket, sales end 2 days before show), or purchased at the door for cash or check (no credit cards.) Occasionally, a show will be sold out before the day of the show, so call the Ticket Office, if you are planning to buy tickets at the door. Better yet, join our mailing list and you’ll be informed about such situations ahead of time.



Saturday, July 16, 2016
8:00 pm


Beckman Institute Auditorium at Caltech
400 S. Wilson Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91001-1649 United States
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Pasadena Folk Music Society