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Harpist brings magical sound to church

In addition to music, First Reformed’s Kidwell-Fernandes has background in divinity

Harpist Leah Kidwell-Fernandes performs during the Gazette Capital Region Bridal Show at the Hall of Springs this past year.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Harpist Leah Kidwell-Fernandes performs during the Gazette Capital Region Bridal Show at the Hall of Springs this past year.
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Pianos are nice, but for 8-year-old Leah Kidwell of Dayton, Ohio, there was nothing quite so fascinating as the harp. “To a little girl, there wasn’t anything more beautiful or magical than the look and sound of that harp,” said Kidwell, now Leah Kidwell-Fernandes of Clifton Park. “I was absolutely mesmerized. My piano kind of fell by the wayside, but there really wasn’t any love lost there. I had no great yearning to play the ...

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