Harpist in Champaign-Urbana ~ Wedding Ceremony & Cocktail Hour

Evin and Sterling were married at the bride’s family home, just outside of Champaign.  They were blessed with an absolutely perfect June day for their outdoor wedding!

The prelude included “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, a favorite of the groom.  As the families and groom entered, I played “Aria” from Handel’s opera, Rinaldo.  The flower girl and bride came down the aisle to “The Call” by Vaughan Williams.

Champaign-Urbana Harpist

During the Celtic handfasting, I played the “Meditation” from another opera, Thais by the French Romantic composer Massenet.  The recessional began with “Trumpet Voluntary” and concluded with “King William’s March.”

Urbana Harpist

Once guests had exited the ceremony space, I moved the harp to the back patio to play for the cocktail hour.  The harp music for this time included:

Interspersed with the popular songs, they chose several classical selections, from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine.”  A wonderful variety of music, all beautiful on the harp!

Central Illinois Harpist

I play for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Champaign-Urbana and throughout Central Illinois, so get in touch if you are looking for a wedding musician!  Check my website for availability and details ~ Central Illinois Wedding Harpist.

Champaign Harpist

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Galena Wedding Harpist {Chestnut Mountain Resort}

Lauren and Tony were married the first Saturday in June at the Chestnut Mountain Resort outside of Galena, Illinois.  It was almost exactly one year ago that I had last played for a wedding here!  The ceremony site is beautiful, shaded, and has sweeping views over the Mississippi River.  Fortunately, no flooding issues at the venue!

Harp Player Galena

Guests and the wedding party were transported to the ceremony site in the resort’s trolley, and were greeted with the sound of harp music upon their arrival.  The family members and the wedding party entered to “I Love How You Love Me,” and the bride’s processional was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  Older songs, but classics that sound lovely on the harp!

Galena Wedding Music

During the tree planting unity ceremony, I played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The recessional was “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.  I love how they chose music of different eras, all with beautiful melodies!

Wedding Music in Galena

I played postlude music until the last guests had driven away on the trolley, off to the reception.  If you are interested in having harp music for your wedding in Galena, Dubuque, or anywhere in the area, please get in touch!  More information on my website:  Galena Wedding Musician.

Galena Wedding Harpist

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London Harpist ~ Wedding at Elm Hurst Inn, Ingersoll

There’s always something exciting about taking a new harp out for its inaugural performance, and my Venus Encore made its debut at the beautiful Elm Hurst Inn.  Located in Ingersoll, just a short drive from London, this hotel features a restaurant, spa, and gorgeous grounds.

London Harpist for Weddings

Although the rain kept us all inside, having a back-up plan with a view like this makes an equally stunning backdrop for the ceremony.  Although the ceremony site in the valley was muddy, the wedding party was still able to get some outdoor pictures at other locations on the grounds in between rain showers!

Harp Player in London

Guests arrived to a room filled with harp music, and the families were seated to “We Know the Way” from Moana.  The wedding party entrance music was “Far Longer than Forever” from The Swan Princess, and the bride came down the aisle to “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from Beauty and the Beast.

London Wedding Harpist

Not traditional music, but lovely and perfectly suited to the couple!  The bride, groom, and their witnesses signed the register with “Marry You” by Bruno Mars playing in the background.  The unity sand ceremony followed, to “Can’t Stop Loving You” by Phil Collins.

London Ontario Harpist

At the conclusion of the ceremony, I played “Lucky” by Jason Mraz – one of my personal favorites!  Lindsey and Jacob had a variety of music for their ceremony – Disney, Broadway, popular – all made cohesive by the distinctive and romantic sound of the harp.

Wedding Harpist London

If you are planning a wedding in London and are interested in hiring a harpist, please get in touch!  More information on my website:  London Wedding Harpist.

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Harp and Violin Wedding Duet in Northern Indiana

Although most of my weddings choose solo harp, there are a handful each year that opt for a larger ensemble.  The harp and violin duet is certainly the most popular, and for good reason!  With the harp taking the harmony, the violin can create soaring, sustained melodies alongside the harp’s tonal texture.  It’s a beautiful combination!

For this wedding at Swan Lake Resort outside Plymouth, Indiana, Ashleigh and Calin had the harp and violin duet for the ceremony, followed by solo harp for the cocktail hour.  We played classical duets as guests were seated, then “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach for the family entrance.

Northern Indiana Wedding Harpist

The wedding party processional was “Canon in D,” and Ashleigh entered to the traditional Wagner “Bridal Chorus.”  The bride and groom planted a tree for their unity ceremony, with another Bach piece – “Arioso” – playing in the background.  The recessional was a solo harp piece, “Great Day.”  The postlude returned to harp and violin duets, including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

Wedding Music Northern Indiana

The cocktail hour was planned for outside, but the sky kept getting grayer.  Many guests chose to move inside, and I followed with the harp.  Although rain wasn’t forecast, about ten minutes after the ceremony concluded, it started pouring!  No interruption to the music or the wedding festivities – the cocktail hour continued inside the lobby at Swan Lake!  During the cocktail hour, I played a variety of classical and popular songs from the 1940s through the present.

South Bend Harpist

Whether you prefer solo harp or the sound of a group of instruments, I can provide the perfect ensemble for your wedding!  Contact me to discuss your needs and preferences via my website:  Northern Indiana Wedding Music.

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Indianapolis Harpist {Wedding at Finley Creek}

This was scheduled to be my first outdoor wedding of the year, held at Finley Creek Vineyards in Zionsville.  Unfortunately, the weather had other plans!  As the harp is made of wood, it cannot get wet.

Even though the couple opted to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony under umbrellas, the harp couldn’t go outside.  No worries – I set up the harp just inside the doors of the hall, put a speaker outside, and had the wedding planner give me cues for the parts of the processional I couldn’t see!

Indy Harpist for Weddings

The harp stayed safe and dry, and the couple still had their wedding music!  With outdoor events, having some sort of a back-up is necessary.  A tent or canopy over the harp can work, or this type of set-up, with the harp indoors but the music directed outside via a speaker.

Harp Player in Indy

As the family was seated, I played “Largo” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  The wedding party processional was “Canon in D,” and the bride entered to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.”  The rain prevented them from lighting the unity candle, but it was a joyful end to the ceremony with “Trumpet Voluntary” playing as everyone rushed back inside!

Indianapolis Harpist

The harp music continued through the cocktail hour, with a mix of classical and popular music.  Contact me about providing the music for your wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner from my website:  Indianapolis Wedding Harpist.

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Harpist in Grand Rapids – Dinner Musician

I played for a charity dinner in Wyoming, Michigan, at the Gordon Food Service Headquarters.  In between presentations, guests dined with harp music in the background!

Grand Rapids Harpist

Most of the songs requests were for familiar hymns – “Amazing Grace,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “Blessed Assurance.”  Along with those, I included a few jazz standards and Broadway songs, such as “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music, “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera, and “At Last” by Etta James.

Grand Rapids Harpist

Guests loved the music, and one described it as “peaceful and soul-calming.”  Live music definitely has an impact!

Dinner Entertainment Michigan

If you are looking to entertain guests at a corporate event or wedding, please get in touch!  Check my website {Grand Rapids Harpist} for details.

Harp Player in Grand Rapids

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West Tennessee Harpist ~ Music for a 50th Anniversary Party

A 50th wedding anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!  I play for so many weddings, it’s especially a pleasure to be invited to provide the music for a couple who is celebrating a half-century of marriage.  Harp music is always an excellent choice!

Harp Player Tennessee

Elbert and Judy were surrounded by friends and family for an anniversary blessing at New Bethlehem Baptist Church outside of Dyer, Tennessee.  Following the church service, their guests enjoyed dinner in the hall.

West TN Harpist

Decorated in black and iridescent blue, they really transformed the space into an elegant dining room!  There were photographs displayed of their wedding day and important events throughout their lives.

Harp Musician Tennessee

Guests made their way through the buffet, then entered the dining room.  The harp was front and center, framed by an arch topped with flowers.  I played the couple’s special requests, including “Sentimental Journey,” “Love Letters in the Sand,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” and “Tennessee Waltz.”  My popular music repertoire spans the 1930s through the present day, so people of all ages can choose music they know and like!

Tennessee Harpist

As guests exited, the photographer took pictures of each group in front of the harp.  Those will certainly be special keepsakes!  One of the children in attendance told me he was learning about how instruments vibrate to make sound, so I had him place his hand on the harp’s soundboard while I played.  You can actually feel the music!

I play for weddings, parties, and other events in Memphis and throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.  Contact me via my website – West Tennessee Harpist – for availability and details!

West Tennessee Harpist

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Harpist in Southwest Michigan {Journeyman Distillery Wedding}

Andrea and Charlie celebrated their marriage with an intimate wedding ceremony in the Still Room at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan.  Southwest Michigan is full of lovely venues, and the exposed brickwork, large windows, cafe lighting, and oak barrels added to the ambiance at this one!

Wedding Harpist in Southwest Michigan

As guests arrived, the prelude music included “Lovesong” by The Cure, “City of Stars” from La La Land, “Clocks” by Coldplay, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.  Andrea came down the aisle to “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel.

Wedding Musician SW Michigan

During the ceremony, the couple requested that I play continuous music lightly in the background.  Those pieces were “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz and “La Vie en Rose,” a jazz standard made famous by the French singer Edith Piaf.  The recessional was Enya’s “Only Time.”

Three Oaks Michigan Wedding Music

Guests headed upstairs as the room was prepared for dinner.  As they exited, postlude music included “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden, “Fix You” by Coldplay, and the 1960s hit “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie.

Southwest Michigan Harpist

I play for weddings in Southwest Michigan and all over the region (yes, even on the beaches of Lake Michigan!).  Contact me to check availability and discuss the music for your wedding by visiting my website:  Southwest Michigan Wedding Harpist.

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Memphis Harpist – Luxury Wedding Music at The Cadre Building

Memphis Harpist

Shawndra and Conlee had a beautiful, luxurious wedding at The Cadre Building in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.  The historic building was filled with white flowers and gold accents, and the ceremony took place on the raised stage.  The harp was situated in front of a screen with their names in gold, framed by flowers.

Tennessee Harpist for Weddings

As guests arrived, the harp prelude included “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “All of Me” by John Legend, and “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” by Van Morrison.  The families were seated to Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and the wedding party came down the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”  The Elvis connection was especially appropriate for a Memphis wedding!

Memphis Wedding Harpist

Shawndra’s processional was “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.  Their unity sand ceremony was accompanied by “Reverie” by harpist and composer Marcel Grandjany, and the recessional was “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles.  I continued to play as guests made their way to the upstairs balcony for the cocktail hour.

Memphis Luxury Wedding

For upscale weddings, harp music is the perfect choice!  The sound, visual impact, and ambiance created by the instrument set a sophisticated and elegant tone for your entire event.  Contact me via my website ~ Memphis Wedding Harpist ~ to check my calendar for your wedding date!

Luxury Memphis Wedding Musician

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Orchestral Harpist with the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra

My freelance performing schedule doesn’t permit me to participate in an orchestra regularly, but the slower season in February worked out for a night of playing harp parts for some well-known operatic love songs and symphonic pieces!

Illinois Orchestra Harpist

I joined the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra for their “That’s Amore” concert at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, featuring works by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and Mascagni.  It also gave me the opportunity to mentor the harpist from the youth symphony, who was also playing for this concert.  I would have loved to have someone sit next to me to help with cues and counting all those rests during some of my first orchestral experiences!

Orchestral Harpist Illinois

Although most of my work is for weddings and private events, I also play orchestral and chamber music, and love collaborating with and accompanying other musicians on projects large and small.  Contact me through www.TheClassicHarpist.com to discuss your musical needs!

Harp in an Orchestra

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