Dozens of candles light the stage as musicians in medieval attire play harps, flutes, drums, bells and an assortment of rare medieval instruments in an evening of song and poetry.
Winter Harp is a candlelight concert of words and music celebrating the winter and Christmas seasons. Dozens of candles light the stage as musicians in medieval attire play harps, flutes, drums, bells and an assortment of rare 12th century instruments. Hand drums, tambourines and temple bells provide the back drop for both traditional and well-loved carols. The group’s focus is the unique and hauntingly-beautiful integration of the world’s three oldest instruments (harps, flutes and percussion) with rare medieval instruments, poetry and song. Unique instruments include the ethereal-sounding bass psaltery (the only one in the world), and the medieval organistrum and nyckelharpas. Winter Harp features poet Alan Woodland, classical harpist Jill Whitman, Celtic harpist and singer Lori Pappajohn, medieval instrumentalist Joaquin Ayala, percussionist Lauri Lyster, flutist Kenichi Ueda and child performers Emilie Whitman and Shylo Sharity.
Last year, many of the ensemble’s concerts sold out. It is suggested you buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Said The Province newspaper about Winter Harp: "It’s an enrapturing event that plucks at your heart strings."
CBC Radio's Jurgen Gothe said: "Winter Harp’s annual Christmas concerts are a treat."