This December, I was asked to come back to the Harris Branch Library to present another afternoon concert of holiday music. Set up next to the Christmas tree near the library’s entrance, patrons could grab a seat and listen, or wander throughout the library and still enjoy the music!
I began my program with “O Holy Night” and the Hanukkah song “Blessings Over the Candles.” This was followed by a set of carols about angels:
- Angels and the Shepherds (traditional Bohemian)
- Angelus ad Virginem (13th century English)
- Angels We Have Heard on High (traditional English)
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn)
Some children’s favorites were the next group, ranging from “Frosty the Snowman” to “My Dreydl” to “Jingle Bells.” Everyone loves the classic, traditional Christmas carols, so I included a good number of those:
- Silent Night
- Deck the Halls
- The First Noel
- What Child is This
- Joy to the World
…and more! I closed with the Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,” and two classical pieces that have come to be associated with Christmas (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Canon in D” ~ also known as the “Christmas Canon”). At the end, I saved a little time for requests from the audience. My favorite had to be “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella.” It is not very well-known, but it’s one of my personal favorites!
Performing throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, I can entertain your guests with harp music, whether it is for a private party or a community event. For more information, visit my website: The Classic Harpist. Happy holidays!