Taste Full Beans Performance Schedule
*Maximum of 15 people per time slot
5:00 p.m. | Grace Wepner-Ludtke (Harp)
5:30 p.m. | J. Alexandra Johnston (Cello)
6:00 p.m. | SOLD OUT
6:30 p.m. | Grace Wepner-Ludtke (Harp)
7:00 p.m. | J. Alexandra Johnston (Cello)
7:30 p.m. | Grace Wepner-Ludtke & J. Alexandra Johnston
Harpist Grace Wepner Ludtke loves giving audiences a new impression of the harp and sharing its stories so its secrets are discovered. Her solo performances gracefully showcase the dynamic range and versatility of the concert grand pedal harp, sharing music specifically composed and arranged for solo harp. Grace, a Newton native now living in Greensboro, began harp lessons at the age of ten with Helen Rifas, Principal Harpist of the Western Piedmont Symphony (WPS). As a youth, Grace enjoyed performing with the WPS Youth Orchestra and attending many WPS concerts.
A graduate of Converse College’s Petrie School of Music, Grace has performed throughout North America and Europe, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City, St. George’s Church in London, and Liben Castle in Prague and regularly performs with the North Carolina (NC) Opera Orchestra and NC Harp Ensemble. Her musical program for the WPS Side/Show includes classical, popular, and modern compositions for solo harp, including Handel’s Prelude and Toccata, charming French works by Marcel Tournier, and her own arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
J. Alexandra Johnston
A native of New Jersey, Ms Johnston holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in cello performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She holds the Assistant Principal Cello position with the Greensboro Symphony, and is a member of the Western Piedmont and Winston-Salem Symphonies. Ms Johnston also has an active career as a chamber musician. In addition to playing the cello, she spends her days chasing small children around and admiring her cats.