The La Quinta Hotel in Effingham, Illinois, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, November 10th. I provided harp music for the evening, playing through guest arrival, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, and the ribbon cutting (that got a special glissando!). Community members and local government and business leaders were invited to tour the remodeled facility, watch a magician, and listen to harp music.
I played a variety of music, but mostly contemporary popular songs to complement the modern style of the hotel. Some pieces included “Chasing Pavements” by Adele, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, and “Yellow” by Coldplay.
My favorite moment of the evening was when a group of guests approached and asked if I could play any Hindi music. There aren’t many harpists who can answer that with a “yes,” but I can! Having spent two years living in and performing throughout India, I have an extensive repertoire of Bollywood music that I have adapted for the harp. I played “O Re Piya” and “Teri Meri” for them, and they loved it!
Special requests are great – I love the challenge of seeing what I can do on the spot! – but they’re even better when I can really surprise people with what the harp is capable of doing. From traditional classical music to lively Irish jigs to mellow easy listening hits (and yes, Hindi songs, too!), I have an eclectic repertoire of harp music to enhance any event.
A harpist based in Illinois, but available worldwide, I would love to add the elegance and ambiance of harp music to your event! I play for weddings, receptions, corporate events, and private parties, and the music I play is always customized for each client. Please visit my website – Effingham Illinois Harp Music – and contact me for availability and rates!