Memphis Harpist ~ Bridal Shower at The Peabody

Memphis Bollywood MusicanIt was a special delight to play for this bridal shower – I was able to play some of my favorite Bollywood music, and have guests actually recognize it!  After spending a couple of years in India, I developed a large repertoire of Bollywood music to play on the harp.  It was definitely not something they expected to hear me play, but they loved it!

Harpist at The Peabody Memphis

Neelam and her guests enjoyed the famous high tea at Chez Philippe at The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.  They were served their choice of tea, along with sandwiches, scones, and dessert, all with elegant harp music playing in the background.

Memphis Harpist

In addition to the Bollywood selections, I played a variety of classical music and Western popular songs from the 1950s to the present.

Memphis Wedding Harpist

As a harpist, I play for events of all types, from weddings to showers to corporate parties.  Please visit my website – Memphis Harpist – and contact me to check availability and get a quote!

Memphis Harp Player

 

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Concert Review – Audience Comments

Following a Christmas concert I gave at the Romeo District Library in December, members of the audience were given comment sheets to review the program.  I loved seeing what people thought about the harp!  Here are a few comments from those in attendance:

“Very entertaining for the season.”

“Very much appreciated Devon’s willingness to explain her instrument after her performance.”

“Excellent program tonight – seasonal and sweet.”

“So relaxing.  Just beautiful music.”

“The harp was amazing!  Outstanding!  Let’s bring her back!”

I present concerts, lecture demonstrations, and workshops for all types of groups, from libraries to retirement communities to schools.  Please visit my website (Concert Harpist) and contact me to discuss the type of program you’d like to hear!

Detroit Harpist

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Central IL Harpist ~ Music for an Art Opening

Central Illinois Harpist

Each month, the Strawn Art Gallery in Jacksonville celebrates the start of a new exhibit with an opening reception and gallery talk by the featured artist.  They also have live music as guests mingle and view the collection.

Jacksonville Harpist

January’s exhibit is “Magic Realism” by Lou Zale.  I provided  harp music for the opening, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces in the crowd – I think the last time I played here I was in high school!  The music I selected included classical pieces as well as more contemporary popular songs that people would be sure to recognize.

Although most of my work is for weddings, the harp is the perfect addition to any type of event!  Contact me via my website – Central Illinois Harpist – to check availability.

Harp Music Central Illinois

One very special visitor came by with her grandfather.  By her expression, it looks as if she thinks it should be her turn to play the harp!

The Classic Harpist

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Top Wedding Music of 2017

Rockford Wedding Harpist

It has been a few years since I’ve done a post like this – primarily because the intervening time was spent in India and Nigeria!  With over a full year back in the US playing the harp for weddings, it’s time to review the music the couples with whom I worked chose to accompany their wedding days.

Putting the list together surprised even me!  In past years, “Canon in D” has topped the list for family seating, the wedding party processional, and the bride’s processional.  This year, while still one of the most popular pieces chosen, it’s not the runaway favorite it has been in the past!

Indianapolis Wedding Harpist - Laurel Hall Ceremony

“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz was popular the last time I did a list like this for 2012, but much less so now.  The Beatles are always frequently requested, especially for the recessional at the conclusion of the ceremony, and this year saw many couples choosing “A Thousand Years” from Twilight for some element of their ceremonies.  On the classical side, “Clair de Lune” by Debussy has been popular, having been played for everything from bridal processionals to recessionals.

Going beyond just a “Top 10” list, the listing below includes ALL of the music chosen by my brides and grooms in 2017.  Each list has the most popular pieces at the top, and the numbers in parentheses tell you how many times my couples have chosen that song for that particular moment of their ceremony.

Wedding Reception at Allerton Mansion

Click on the songs highlighted in blue to hear a sample of me playing those pieces on the harp.  I’ve included a few of my favorite wedding photos from 2017 as well, so you can see where the harp has taken me this year!

Covered Bridge Wedding Iowa

Bridal Processionals (entrance music for the bride):

Alabama Wedding Harpist

Family seating:

Traverse City Wedding Reception Music

Wedding party processional:

Princeton Wedding Harpist

Mid-ceremony interludes (for the unity candle/sand, etc.):

Harpist for a Wedding in Cleveland

Recessional:

Southern Ohio Wedding Harpist

Whether your musical tastes lean toward traditional or not, the harp can provide all of the music for your wedding ceremony!  If you are interested in having a harpist at your wedding, please visit my website:  The Classic Harpist.  I work with couples around the world to personalize their wedding music and would love to hear from you!

St. Louis Wedding Harpist

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Panama Destination Wedding ~ Harpist in Boca Chica, Chiriqui

“Never say no to an adventure!”

That’s my life motto, and it certainly extends to my work as a harpist!  I love that the harp has taken me all over the world, having performed at countless events across four continents, six countries, and hundreds of beautiful venues.  Last week, I escaped the frozen Midwest and traveled – harp in tow – to Panama!

The wedding was held at Pacific Bay Resort in Boca Chica.  The harp is always a hit making its way through the airports – and this itinerary involved four of them!  I left from St. Louis, and flew through Atlanta and Panama City before arriving at the David airport in Chiriqui, Panama.

Traveling Harpist on an Airplane

When flying with the harp, it can either travel as oversize/weight baggage in the hold, or it can fly in its own seat in the cabin.  Because of the luggage embargo over the holidays that restricts the size of checked baggage to some destinations, having it travel with me in the cabin was the best way for this event.  She’s a great seat mate!

Harp Harp Will Travel

The drive from David to the dock in Boca Chica allowed us to get a glimpse of the beauty of the Chiriqui highlands.  The final travel leg was a water taxi, as the resort is not accessible by road.  We were greeted on the beach by Ola and Kai, the bride and groom, and I entrusted the harp to the wonderful staff at Pacific Bay.  I was actually sort of relieved not to be in charge of it for a few moments!

Harp at Pacific Bay Resort

I arrived the afternoon before the wedding day, so had plenty of time to accommodate any travel delays that could have arisen.  Fortunately, there were none, so I spent that day getting the harp tuned and used to the more humid climate and rehearsing with the bride, who was singing for the reception the following day.

Boca Chica Panama Harpist

The resort itself is peaceful and stunningly beautiful.  With walks to and from the restaurant for every meal, I got to see the flora and fauna of this region of Panama, including monkeys, deer, iguanas, deer, and black squirrels.  The howler monkeys were a very effective alarm clock!

Harpist in PanamaDeer in PanamaPacific Bay Resort WeddingFeeding a Monkey at Pacific Bay Resort

The beauty of a destination wedding (besides the gorgeous setting!) is the flexibility you can have with your plans.  Although the ceremony was originally scheduled for 3:00, they opted to move it two hours later to avoid the hottest part of the day.  When all of your guests are already there, changes like that are easy to make!

Wedding Harpist in Panama

Panama Wedding Harpist

South Beach was the chosen site for the ceremony, and the centerpiece was a bamboo arch the father of the bride and designed, built, and brought with him from Boston.  We were set up in the shade of the jungle canopy, but still had the ocean view and the sound of the waves all around.  So, so beautiful!  The wind coming off the Pacific Ocean even played the strings of the harp – it’s an otherworldly sound, and fit in well with the setting.

Harpist in Chiriqui for Weddings

Destination Wedding Music in Panama

As guests arrived, I played “Marry Me” by Train and “Falling Slowly” from Once.  The processional, lead by the flower girl, was “Hymne” by Vangelis.  During the ceremony, all of the guests participated in a “hand on heart” ritual, with “Reverie” by Grandjany playing in the background.

Music for Destination Weddings in Panama

Panama Harpist for Weddings

No sooner than that completed did the first raindrops start to fall.  I knew we were in trouble when I saw the parade of hermit crabs heading for shelter!  I first moved the harp further away from the beach to get the harp under a thicker tree canopy, but we soon all moved inside the gazebo just steps away.  They even brought the arch along!

The ceremony continued in the more intimate space, including a ring warming to “Eyes on Me” from Final Fantasy VIII.  The recessional was “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.  Ola said she felt as if she wouldn’t really be married if that particular piece wasn’t played.  It’s traditional in her native Poland!

Beach Wedding Music Panama Harpist

I hurriedly got the harp packed up, and took a golf cart back up to the restaurant.  Keeping the wooden harp dry is a must!  I was set up and ready to play for the dinner soon thereafter.  Music for the reception included “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “I’m a Believer,” “I Choose You,” a variety of classical pieces, and “Hallelujah” – which inspired an impromptu sing along!

Wedding Reception Harp Music Panama

The families are very musical, and most get-togethers include music-making of some kind.  The bride sang to harp accompaniment as the guests waited for dinner to be served.  Her first selection was the Spanish folk song “La Paloma,” followed by “A Time for Us” (sung in Italian).  Lastly, she sang “You Have Made Me Love” from the Broadway musical Cyrano.

Harpist for Weddings in Chiriqui Panama

No matter where your wedding plans take you, the harp can come along, too!  I perform for weddings around the globe, and would love to work with you and bring beautiful harp music to your celebration.  You’ll find details on my website ~ Harpist for Destination Weddings ~ and you can contact me there for a quote.  Happy planning and adventuring!

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Harpist in Chicago – New Year’s Eve Wedding at Herrington Inn

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for a wedding!  Christmas may be over, but everyone is still in the holiday mood.  And on New Year’s, expect your guests to stay late into the evening to celebrate with you!

Chicago Wedding Harpist

This New Year’s Eve ceremony took place at the Herrington Inn & Spa in Geneva, Illinois.  Located right on the Fox River, it’s a lovely venue any time of the year – but especially with their holiday decorations!

As guests gathered, I played a variety of popular music, including “I See Fire” and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, “All of Me” by John Legend, and “Fields of Gold” by Sting.  All contemporary, recognizable songs, but not something you’d necessarily expect to hear on the harp!

New Year's Eve Wedding Music

When the processional was ready to begin, I played “Halo” by Beyonce.  Not at all traditional, but that’s what is wonderful about the flexibility of the harp!  Your wedding music can be anything you want it to be.

The bride came down the aisle to something a bit more traditional – “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.  The recessional was “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles, and I continued to play until the guests had made their way upstairs for the cocktail hour.  The venue staff quickly reset the ceremony room to serve dinner, and the party began!

West Chicago Wedding Harpist

Any time of the year, adding a harpist to your plans brings elegance and sophistication to your event.  I am available throughout the Chicago area (and beyond), so please visit my website {Chicago Wedding Harpist} and contact me about the music you’d like to hear!

Geneva IL Harpist

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Bollywood Harpist ~ Client Review for Kansas City Wedding Music

“Devon did a great job at our Fall outdoor wedding. She played a variety of songs — pop, classical, Indian/Bollywood. She kept in touch with me (email) from the time I booked her to wedding day, answering my questions patiently and remembered all the details on the day of.”

Asha, Bride – October 14, 2017

Bollywood Wedding Musician ~ KC Harpist

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Bloomington-Normal Harpist – Christmas Eve Harp Music

Back at College Park Christian Church for Christmas Eve!  I played there last year, and the music director contacted me again in January to be sure they got on my calendar again for this year.  Always good to plan far in advance for popular dates, and Christmas Eve is one of the most requested performance dates for harpists!

Bloomington-Normal Harpist

As I did last year, I played half-hour preludes for both services.  The pieces I played included Christmas carols from well-known to less familiar, from all around the world.  The service included readings, video presentations, and congregational singing of carols.

Harpist in Bloomington Normal

The harp is an excellent choice to provide music for church services throughout the year, but especially at Christmas!  The music is peaceful and relaxing, and is a unique way to present familiar songs.

Christmas Eve Harp Music Illinois

I am available in Bloomington-Normal, throughout the Midwest, and beyond for church services, holiday parties, and weddings.  Visit my website – Bloomington Harpist – and contact me to reserve your date on my calendar.  It’s never too soon to be thinking about next year’s events!

Central Illinois Harpist

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Detroit Harpist {Library Christmas Concert}

Christmas Harp Music in Detroit

The best news of my holiday season is that – so far – I haven’t had to move my harp in the snow!  I know it’s coming, but I’m thankful for every Christmas gig that doesn’t involve shoveling.

I was invited to present a program of holiday harp music for the Romeo District Library in Washington Township, on the north side of Detroit, Michigan. The room was full of people that were able to enjoy an evening to just relax and listen to harp music and avoid the hustle of the upcoming holiday, even if just for an hour!

Detroit Harpist

The concert included many traditional Christmas carols, along with a few classical pieces.  When I get to choose the program, I also have the opportunity to include a few of my personal favorites!  My most-loved carols tend to the obscure (“I Wonder as I Wander,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” were among those I played), so this was a chance to introduce them to the audience.

During December, I play for events of all types ~ weddings, concerts, corporate parties, and religious services.  If you are interested in having harp music for your special event, contact me soon at {Detroit Harpist}, as holiday dates fill up quickly!

Detroit Concert Harpist

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Harpist in Des Moines ~ Christmas Party at Salisbury House

Iowa Harp Musician

Salisbury House is an amazing venue!  Constructed in Des Moines from parts of buildings brought over from Europe, it has a definite Old World feel, right in the Midwest.

Des Moines Harpist

I played for the Christmas party for a company’s board of directors, starting with cocktails in the entryway.  The harp was set up in the balcony (a former choir stall from a church in England).

Iowa Harpist in Des Moines

As the guests took a guided tour of part of the mansion, I moved the harp into the “common room” for dinner.  Set up right next to the Christmas tree, and a one-of-a-kind Steinway piano, the room was dazzling!

Harp Des Moines

Throughout the evening, I played favorite songs of the season, from traditional carols to contemporary songs.  Given the surroundings, I also made sure to include some Medieval and Renaissance Christmas music!

Iowa Harp Player for Christmas

For any type of event taking place in central Iowa, the harp is the perfect addition to the celebration.  Please visit my website – Des Moines Harpist – and contact me about playing the harp for your wedding, party, holiday gathering, or other event!

Central Iowa Harpist

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