Harpist in Omaha {Christmas Party Musician}

Christmas music season continues!  This event was an after-work party at the Omaha Press Club.  Located on the top floor of the First National Tower, there are lovely views over downtown and even across the river to Iowa.

Harpist in Omaha

Guests first mingled in the main part of the club for cocktails and appetizers.  During this time, they were serenaded by one of their coworkers who also happens to play the bagpipes!

Omaha Harpist

Dinner was served with harp music in the background, including traditional Christmas carols and more contemporary popular songs of the season.

Harp music makes any event feel extraordinary!  Contact me about providing music for your party by visiting my website:  Omaha Harpist.

Omaha Harp Player

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St. Louis Harpist ~ Harp & Singer for a Wedding Ceremony

What a beautiful venue!  Mike and Ginger had 60-degree temperatures for their December ceremony.  Inside, however, the refurbished church was lit with soft blue lights, draped in white, and looked like a winter wonderland.  The Christmas trees on the stage completed the look!

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

The Main Street Abbey in Columbia, Illinois, was the setting for both their ceremony and reception.  I provided the music for the ceremony, and was joined by a vocalist for the processionals and recessional.  Popular music was the prelude for guest arrival.  When everyone was lined up for the processional, she sang “And I Love Her” with harp accompaniment.

Ginger chose “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac to be sung for her processional.  During the ceremony itself, they requested several times to have light harp music playing in the background.  These pieces included “Somewhere in Time,” “Ave Maria,” and the theme from Love Story.  The recessional was another Beatles song with vocals, “Here Comes the Sun.”

Harpist in St. Louis

I continued playing as the wedding party and guests headed to the cocktail hour and reception at the back of the event space.  Just outside, the town’s Christmas parade was underway!

I can play solo harp, in ensembles with other musicians, or accompany a vocalist for your wedding.  Get in touch via my website, St. Louis Harpist, for details!

Southern Illinois Harp Player

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Christmas Party at Allerton Mansion

I always love the first holiday party of the year.  With a summer and autumn full of weddings, it’s exciting to get my fingers back on the traditional carols.  There’s nothing like these familiar songs to get me counting the days before Christmas ~ music is my favorite part of the season!

Christmas Party Music ~ Harpist

This year, my first Christmas performance was for a company holiday party at the Allerton Mansion in Monticello, Illinois.  Their guests filled both the ballroom and the library.  The harp was set up at the bottom of the grand staircase, and I played for their cocktail hour prior to dinner.

Christmas Harp Music

From  “Jingle Bells” to “Silent Night,” guests loved hearing their favorite Christmas songs!  Contact me via my website ~ Harp Music in Central Illinois ~ to book me for your company or family gathering!

Harp Music for Christmas Parties

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Memphis Harpist & Violinist {Wedding at Hunt Phelan}

Another Thanksgiving weekend wedding!  This time a harp and violin duet at the beautiful Hunt Phelan Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis Wedding Harpist

Guests arrived through the front doors of the mansion, to the sounds of solo violin.  As they made their way to the heated courtyard tent where the ceremony was taking place, they were greeted with harp music.  We came together a few minutes before the ceremony began, and continued the prelude with a couple of harp & violin duets.

Elegant Wedding Music Memphis

The families of the bride and groom were seated to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.  “Canon in D” was the wedding party processional, and the bride came down the aisle to the traditional Wagner “Bridal Chorus.”

The recessional was also traditional ~ “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  We played a few more harp and violin duets as the guests headed to the cocktail hour inside, including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

Harp Player in Memphis

As a solo harpist or in an ensemble of any size or instrumentation, I love working with couples to create an elegant musical experience on their wedding day!  The harp and violin duet is the most popular combination, but I also work with flautists, cellists, guitarists, pianists, singers, and more.  Contact me via my website ~ Memphis Wedding Harpist ~ to discuss your ideas for your wedding music!

West Tennessee Harpist

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Central Illinois Wedding Music ~ Ceremony at Hamilton’s 110 North East

Andrea and Phillip were married on Black Friday at Hamilton’s 110 Northeast.  A much better way to spend the day than with the crowds out shopping!  Their ceremony was in the Fireside Room, followed by the reception in the South Ballroom.

Wedding Harpist Central IL

As guests arrived, I played a selection of Beatles and other popular songs of that era, including “All My Loving,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” and “Here Comes the Sun.”  The music for the family seating was “Trumpet Voluntary,” with “Canon in D” for the wedding party to come down the aisle.  The “Bridal March from Skjevik” was Andrea’s processional song.

Central Illinois Harp Music

During the lighting of the unity candle, I played “Winter” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons lightly in the background.  The recessional was the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  I continued to play postlude music as guests exited the ceremony space and made their way to the reception.

Harpist in Jacksonville

I play both classical and contemporary music, and your special requests are always welcome!  Each couple that hires me chooses the music I play for their wedding, so each one is completely customized and personal.  Contact me about having a harpist for your wedding at Central Illinois Wedding Music!

 

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Saudi Arabia Harp Player | Gulf Brands Expo, Dammam

Saudi Arabia Harpist Dammam

My harp has taken me all around the globe!  I have played in North and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  For four days, I played harp solos and as part of a harp & flute duet for the Gulf Brands Expo at the Movenpick Al Khobar in Dammam, KSA.

Saudi Arabia Gulf Brands Expo 2018

I flew to Dammam, but my Troubadour harp traveled by road from Abu Dhabi, UAE.  There is always a sigh of relief to see it arrive!

Female Musician Saudi Arabia

The music we played included Celtic folk Songs, Arabic music (with special emphasis on the music of the singer Fairuz), Bollywood hits, and American jazz standards.  The performance was designed to appeal to a global audience.

Harp and Flute Duet Saudi Arabia

Along with the harp and flute music, the organizers of the event also brought in a street dance group from London and a pair of illusionists from Italy. We all enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the Saudi people, and I can’t wait for a return engagement!

International Musician - Saudi Arabia Harp Player

As an international musician, I perform for large and small events around the world.  The music I play is always customized to suit the style of the event and the local culture.  Any event is enhanced with live harp music, and your guests will talk about it for years to come!  Get in touch via my website {Middle East International Harp Musician} to check my availability.

Harp and Flute Duets in Saudi Arabia

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Champaign-Urbana Wedding Music ~ Pear Tree Estate

Pear Tree Estate is a beautiful venue just outside of Champaign, Illinois.  With large windows, you can be in the comfort of the indoors, but still see the glow of the fall colors everywhere you look!

Champaign Wedding Harpist

Small world – the bride’s father used to have the mail route that included my parents’ house in Jacksonville!  Always interesting to make those connections.

Champaign-Urbana Harpist

Emma chose “Zelda’s Lullaby” for the entrance of her wedding party, and then went traditional with “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for her processional.  They wanted something upbeat and popular for the recessional at the conclusion of the ceremony, and selected “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.  I followed that up with another Beatles song, “In My Life,” and other popular music as the guests headed to the patio for cocktail hour.

Central Illinois Harpist

Following the wedding, and a quick harp drop-off at a friend’s house along the way, I was off to O’Hare airport for my next harp adventure – you can read about that here!

I play for weddings throughout Central Illinois, and would love to hear from you with the details of your wedding day!  Get in touch via my website:  Champaign Harpist for Weddings.

Champaign Harp Player

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Chicago Harpist | Wedding Reception Music

Chicago Wedding Harp Player

My second wedding on this October Saturday was for a large Polish wedding reception at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge.  The aunt of the bride is the manager there, and hired me to play for her niece’s reception after hearing me play for a wedding their venue last year.  I was glad to be back, and played a variety of contemporary pieces and jazz standards.

Chicago Live Music Wedding Harp

Harp music adds an extra touch of elegance to any event.  Contact me via my website – Chicago Wedding Harpist – to check availability for your date!

Chicago Harpist for Weddings

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Harpist in Cleveland {Wedding in Middleburg Heights}

It’s never too late to book a harpist for your wedding!  Brenda contacted me one week before her wedding date, and although I had a reception booked that evening, I had the morning open!  It was a last-minute addition the celebration, but her husband-to-be loves harp music, so it was something we made happen!

Cleveland Wedding Harpist

They had an intimate ceremony with family and close friends at Middleburg Heights Community Church in the Cleveland suburbs.  I played prelude music as they entered the sanctuary, including “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, and “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

Cleveland Harp Player

There was no wedding party and no official processional.  They kept things very simple, getting married after 13 years of being together!  At the conclusion of the ceremony, they requested Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” for their walk back down the aisle.

Cleveland Harpist

Even if your wedding is a short time away, go ahead and reach out!  I sometimes have last-minute availability, or the timing of your wedding fits in with other events booked the same date.  Contact me at {Cleveland Wedding Harpist} with your wedding date!

Harpist for Weddings Cleveland

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Central Illinois Harpist ~ Music for a Donor Recognition Dinner

As MacMurray College in Jacksonville celebrated Homecoming, they welcomed alumni from around the country to campus.  They recognized donors to the college with a banquet at McClelland Dining Hall.

Harpist in Jacksonville IL

Guests started with cocktails and appetizers on the north half of the hall, then moved across to the south side for dinner and presentations.  The president of the college addressed the guests, thanked them for their continued support, and discussed plans for the college’s future.

Central Illinois Harp Player

Both cocktail and dinner hours had harp music in the background, with songs ranging from light classics to jazz standards.  If you are planning an event that would be enhanced with live music, please get in touch!  I play for holiday parties, product launches, recognition dinners, and more.  You’ll find more details on my website:  Harp Music for Parties.

Springfield Harpist

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