Deborah Henson-Conant Submitted photo by Jake Jacobson

Grammy-nominated singer, harpist, and one-woman orchestra Deborah Henson-Conant will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the at Celebration Barn in South Paris.

Henson-Conant has been called the “Jimi Hendrix of the harp” by legendary rock guitarist Steve Vai and “a cross between Leonard Bernstein and Xena, Warrior Princess” by the Boston Globe. She’s performed her one-woman shows at the Kennedy Center, premiered her works for orchestra and harp with symphonies in the United States and Europe. Her shows, her life, her instrument, her workshops, and her music are all about transformation—all tied together by powerful, funny, and affirming stories and universal humor.

“Reshaping the serenely Olympian harp into a jazz instrument by warping it closer to the Blues,” according to the New York Times.

She’s toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, and jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. She’s been featured on television shows from Charlie Rose to Joan Rivers and The View and in two full-length PBS music specials.

Limited tickets are available for $30 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+), and $10 for kids (17 and under). Tickets are general admission. The lobby and concessions open at 7 p.m. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. All patrons ages five and up attending a show at Celebration Barn must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Adults are also required to show a matching photo ID. A booster shot, while recommended by the CDC, is not required in order to attend a show at this time. Attendees 4 and under who are not yet eligible for vaccination are only required to wear a mask. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Celebration Barn Theater is located just off Route 117 at 190 Stock Farm Rd., South Paris.

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