Harp player being featured in Coon Rapids concert

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

A harpist will be featured at Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s second concert in its 2012 dessert and coffee concert series.

Harp player Nicolas Carter will perform at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., in the second of four concerts in the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s winter dessert and coffee series. Submitted photo

Nicolas Carter will perform Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

Carter was raised in Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp, the national folk instrument.

He has been composing, recording and performing harp music for more than 20 years.

In addition, Carter has recorded nearly a dozen albums in the United States, Europe and South America, both as a solo artist and with Latin American and world music ensembles.

According to Carter, he finds inspiration for his original compositions from observations of nature and in moments of everyday life.

He is often a featured concert performer and master teacher at national and international harp festivals.

Carter has a master’s of fine arts degree in theater directing from the University of Minnesota and was also a Fulbright scholar in France.

In addition to the music Feb. 9, there will be an exhibit by local artist Nancy Jane Cashman of her acrylic paintings and fabric/textile collages, plus dessert and beverage.

The remaining two concerts in the series of four events take place on the second Thursday of March and April, at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

The rest of the concerts are:

• Thursday, March 8, Dennis Warner, folk/Americana.

• Thursday, April 12, Minneapolis Commodores, barbershop harmony.

Admission includes dessert and beverage.

Tickets for each concert are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and older as well as children age 12 and under.

Call 763-767-6432 for more information and advance ticket sales.

The Coon Rapids Civic Center is at 11155 Robinson Drive N.W.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]