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Deborah Henson-Conant performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony. (Courtesy of the artist)
Deborah Henson-Conant performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony. (Courtesy of the artist)

It's hard to believe Deborah Henson-Conant refused to take harp lessons when she was 12. Today, the Arlington resident and electric harpist is internationally known for her eclectic performances and expansive musical range.

(B.Price/Courtesy of the artist)
(B.Price/Courtesy of the artist)

While she's never been afraid to try out new musical genres, she's often battled the sheer size of her instrument. Her six-foot, 75-pound classical harp was hard to travel with and even harder to move onstage. For 20 years, she's been trying to shrink her harp.

With the help of the French harp-maker Camac, Henson-Conant will debut her brand-new, 11-pound, carbon fiber instrument this weekend in her show "Honey, I Shrunk The Harp."

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  • Deborah Henson-Conant, harpist

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This program aired on November 4, 2010.

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