Harpist in Louisville – Christmas Music on the Harp

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During December, my normally wedding-centric calendar shifts to include more private and corporate parties.  This holiday open house was held by a couple at their home in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, and was a wonderful way to see friends and business associates and celebrate the season together.

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On a Sunday afternoon, they welcomed their guests with hot chocolate, other drinks, and appetizers, as well as harp music!  Adults and children alike enjoyed hearing their favorite Christmas songs played on the harp.  At the hosts’ request, I played a variety of classical and popular pieces, along with traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

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For parties to celebrate any occasion – weddings, too! – contact me via my website {Louisville Kentucky Harpist} to learn more about including harp music in your plans!

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Pittsburgh Harpist ~ Harp & Violin Wedding Music at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Christmas Wedding at Nemacolin

What a beautiful winter wedding!  Stephanie and Chris were married on December 9th at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.  Throughout the resort, the Christmas decorations sparkled, and a light dusting of snow made it finally look (instead of just feel) like winter!

Nemacolin Christmas Wedding

They chose to have a harp and violin duet for their ceremony and cocktail hour.  The ceremony took place in one of the Salons of the Marquis Ballroom, with the cocktail hour following down the hall in the Nemacolin Room.  The dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom.

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As guests found their seats, we played the bride’s special requests of “Fields of Gold,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Only Time,” “You Raise Me Up,” along with classical and holiday pieces.  The families entered to “Meditation” from the Massenet opera Thais.

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The bridesmaids, all in gold sequin dresses, and a somewhat reluctant flower girl processed to “Prelude in C” by Bach.  The bride came down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”  For the unity candle lighting, we played “A Thousand Years” from Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

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The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Once the bridal party exited, the violinist headed to the cocktail hour to greet guests there with strolling violin music.  I stayed in the ceremony room to play postlude music as the guests exited.  When you have multiple musicians booked, this is the perfect way to have music in two places at once!  After the guests had made their way to the cocktail hour, I followed behind with the harp.

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During the reception, we played harp and violin duets including classical, Christmas, and popular pieces.  “Happy Together” by The Turtles was a guest favorite!

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As a solo harpist, or in any combination of instruments, I love working with couples to create beautiful music for their weddings.  Contact me for details and availability via my website:  Pittsburgh Wedding Harpist.

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Peoria Harpist ~ Client Review for Anniversary Party Music

“Just a note of thanks for making my parents’ 50th Anniversary so special. My mom and dad and all the guests were so in awe of your beautiful talent. You set the tone for an elegant day for them! My son even said, ‘Mom, she’s playing Coldplay!’ Big hit, elegance and grace!! Thank you again.”

~ Kim, Anniversary Party Hostess – October 20, 2017

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Des Moines Harpist ~ Christmas Music at the Iowa Events Center

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I always love the first Christmas performance of the holiday season!  Playing Christmas carols, both traditional and contemporary, is my favorite part of December.

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For this event, I was playing for the cocktail and dinner hours of a company’s holiday party at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.  The music I played ranged from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “Silent Night,” with amplification so the music could be heard by all 700 of the guests!

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The harp is the perfect addition to any Christmas gathering, from large parties to intimate family dinners.  Visit my website ~ Des Moines Harpist ~ and contact me about bringing beautiful harp music to your celebration!

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Harp Music for the Holidays

At the end of the year, I often have a few performances that are open to the public.  If you’d like the opportunity to hear the harp in person, this is it!  I’m also available to chat before or after most events, so can answer any questions you have about the music for your wedding.

Dates are still being added, but my current schedule of public events in December and January is:

  • December 21, 7:00 pm – Holiday Concert at the Graubner Library in Washington, MI
  • December 24, 5:00 & 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve services (prelude beginning at 4:30 and 6:30), College Park Christian Church, Normal, IL
  • January 13, 2018, 6:00 pm – Strawn Art Gallery Opening, Jacksonville, IL

Check the calendar page on my website or email me for updates or more details on any of these events.  I’d love to meet you and talk about your wedding plans!

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Rockford Harpist – Wedding at the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms

Lindsay and Paul had originally hoped for a mild fall day and an outdoor ceremony, but the November weather had other plans!  Their backdrop changed from a fountain to a cozy fireplace, but it was much more comfortable for everyone!

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As guests arrived to the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, they were greeted by classical harp music.  The families and wedding party all entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach.  Lindsay chose Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for her processional.

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For the lighting of the unity candle, I played the “Ave Maria” by Schubert.  The recessional was a change of style ~ “All My Loving” by The Beatles!

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I continued harp music through the cocktail hour, until the wedding party was announced.  This was a variety of styles, from classical to pop to jazz.  Once the formality of the ceremony is over, it’s the perfect way to transition to the party atmosphere of the reception.

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I play for weddings throughout Rockford, Northern Illinois, and Southern Wisconsin.  Visit my website {Rockford Wedding Harpist} and contact me to discuss including harp music in your own wedding plans!

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Arkansas Harpist ~ Wedding Reception in Heber Springs

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What a beautiful fall wedding!  I played for this intimate reception on a Thursday evening at the Red Apple Inn on Eden Isle ~ just outside Heber Springs, Arkansas.  From the garden dining room, we could see the fountain on the grounds of the Inn and fall colors on the trees across the hills.

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Raeana didn’t have specific pieces of music that she requested, just a variety of styles.  The playlist I created for her included classical, gospel, jazz, and pop songs.  I played as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and dinner, and even for the dances!

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Although they all proclaimed to definitely not be dancers, they wanted to include the tradition in their wedding reception.  The bride and groom shared their first dance to “Endless Love,” the groom and his daughter danced to “Rainbow Connection,” and the groom and his mother danced to “What a Wonderful World.”  The couple also later danced to “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.

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For weddings of any size, the harp fits in beautifully!  From large cathedrals to backyards, I have played for formal and informal weddings, with large guest lists and small, on every day of the week.  You can find out more on my website:  North Arkansas Harpist for Weddings.

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Harp Music for a 50th Anniversary Vow Renewal

I play for so many weddings, it is especially a pleasure to celebrate a long marriage!  The daughter of the couple hired me and hoped to keep it a surprise, but couldn’t keep the secret from her mother!  They were all delighted to add harp music to the festivities at Barrack’s Cater Inn in Peoria.

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As soon as guests began to arrive, I played classical selections, including pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel.  The processional was to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  Following the vow renewal ceremony, everyone took their seats to “Great Day” by Nancy Gustavson.

Harp Music for a Vow Renewal

Throughout the luncheon that followed, I played popular and jazz music – a little something spanning the 1950’s through today’s Top 40.  The harp is versatile and can provide classical music for your ceremony and then pop music for your reception!

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For weddings, anniversaries, and vow renewals, harp music adds the perfect touch of elegance and distinction.  A professional musician, I am available in Peoria and throughout the Midwest to perform for your event.  Please visit my website ~ Peoria IL Harpist ~ to contact me for details!

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South Bend Harp Player — Jenkins Hall Dedication at Notre Dame

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It was a great honor to play for the dedication reception for Jenkins Hall on the campus of Notre Dame.  This new building, named for Father Jenkins, president of the University, houses the Keough School of Global Affairs.

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This year welcomed the inaugural class, including 38 students from 22 countries in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

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The reception was held in the Dahnke Ballroom of the new Duncan Student Center on the campus of Notre Dame.  It has an amazing football-weekend view!

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In honor of the Keough family’s Irish heritage, I was asked to play mostly Celtic music during the dinner.  As a nod to the School of Global affairs and the Catholic University of Notre Dame, the rest of the music was sacred or traditional music from cultures around the world – including a couple of my favorite Bollywood selections!

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I was very impressed that one of the guests recognized the O’Carolan pieces I played!  Turlough O’Carolan was a blind Irish harper who performed and composed for the nobles of Ireland in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s.  His songs were frequently dedicated to his patrons, and over 200 of his compositions are known to exist.

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Along with harp music, guests enjoyed a jazz pianist and a performance by the Notre Dame Folk Choir.

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The harp is the perfect addition to any event, from corporate receptions to weddings to family celebrations.  If you are interested in finding out more, please visit my website:  South Bend Irish Harpist!

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Kansas City Harpist ~ Bollywood Wedding Music

From the moment Asha contacted me about playing for her wedding, I was looking forward to October!  After the time I spent living in India and developing a broad repertoire of Bollywood songs, I love when I have the opportunity to perform them stateside for an audience who recognizes and appreciates the music!

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Charlie and Asha held their wedding ceremony and reception at The Kelly Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas.  The ceremony took place overlooking the pond, surrounded by the beautiful colors of the fall leaves.  We even had winged and web-footed wedding guests!

As guests arrived, I played a variety of Bollywood and Western music, from “Pehla Nasha” from the Hindi movie Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar to “In My Life” by The Beatles.  For the officiant’s walk in, I played a much-shortened version of Schubert’s “Ave Maria.”  It doesn’t take one person very long to walk down the aisle!  The parents and grandparents entered to the traditional wedding song, “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

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The wedding party came down the hill and arrived at the ceremony site to “Chura liya hai” from Yaadon Ki Baaraat.  After they were in place, I switched to the theme song for Game of Thrones as the flower girl and ring bearer entered and waited at the footbridge.  The groom arrived on a white horse, and the bride followed.  The group completed the procession together.

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During the ceremony, they included a traditional element of Indian weddings, the Saptapadi.  This ritual involves the couple taking seven steps around the holy fire.  It is at this moment in the Hindu ceremony that they become officially married.  While they did this, and as Charlie presented Asha with the mangala sutra, I played “Jab​ ​Koi​ ​Baat​ ​Bigad​ ​Jaaye.”

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The recessional that concluded the wedding was the third movement of “Spring” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.  As guests made their way to the nearby tent for the reception, I continued playing a variety of Bollywood selections, plus some favorites by Sinatra and the Beatles.

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I am one of the few harpists to specialize in Bollywood music, and am available to play for weddings (Hindu, Western, fusion, and others) throughout the US and around the world.  Contact me via my website ~ Bollywood Harpist for Weddings ~ to receive a quote!

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