Harpist to play fundraiser at the Rose Center

Harpist Kari Novilla will play a fund-raising concert at the Rose Center August 10.

Award-winning harpist Kari Novilla is using her talent once again to help create awareness of and support for two of her favorite Hamblen County organizations.

Her concert, scheduled for Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in Rose Center’s Prater Hall, will provide financial support to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Rose Center Council for the Arts.

“It is super important to always be thankful and give back to organizations that help us achieve our dreams,” Novilla said.

A Morristown native, Novilla has garnered national attention and awards. She is a sophomore at one of the most prestigious music schools in the country—the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

As a Barbara and David Jacobs Scholar and Dean’s Scholar, Novilla currently studies with Elzbieta Szmyt, Chair of the University’s Harp Department.

Novilla began her musical studies with the violin at age 4, then added the harp at the age of 7, studying with William Lovelace, past president of the American Harp Society, for more than 10 years.

At the age of 10, she was the featured opening performance for the German concert pianist Uwe Romeike.

Novilla served as Principal Harp with the Oak Ridge Philharmonia from 2014-2017 and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2011-2017.

As winner of the KSYO 2015-2016 Concerto Competition, she was invited to perform the First Movement of the Gliere Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, April 2016 - the youngest performer ever to be so honored. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Novilla was invited to study with Allison Allport at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where she played under the baton of Maestro Larry Livingston, Joshua Roach, and Sey Ahn in the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Other orchestral experience includes performing with the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, University of Tennessee Chamber Orchestra, Johnson City Symphony, and the TMEA Symphony Orchestra 2014, 2016-2017, performing under the baton of such conductors as Giancarlo Guerrero and James Fellenbaum.

This summer, Novilla was selected to attend the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees Summer Music Institute (SMI) with a full scholarship, in Washington, D.C.

While there, she was one of two winners of the concerto competition, out of 36 entries of the finest high school and college musicians in the country.

She was a featured soloist at the Kennedy Center concert on July 29, performing the first movement of Reinhold Gliere’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E flat major.

The performance on Aug. 10 will feature French pieces that are classic in the harp repertoire, as well as contemporary pieces that demonstrate a use of the harp in a new way. Jazz will also be on the menu, along with sacred pieces that are personally meaningful to Novilla.

Tickets for the concert are $15 per person. Reservations are recommended, and can be purchased by calling 423-581-4330.

Seating is open general admission style, with table seating.

Attendees are permitted to bring snacks and their favorite adult beverages. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7 p.m.