A medieval world of chiming temple bells, resonating harp vibrations and harmonic flute melodies comes to the Port Theatre during the Winter Harp performance Saturday (Dec. 12).
The ensemble, now in its 23rd year, is known for its Celtic and classical harp playing and musical range covering carols, Celtic songs and medieval and world tunes.
The group comes to Nanaimo during its annual holiday tour.
“Christmas is about memories … at Winter Harp the carols we perform and the stories and poems we read take people into their memories. It’s lovely looking out at the audience. Everyone has their own memories of Christmas,” said Lori Pappajohn, co-founder and director of Winter Harp, in a press release. “That’s where we journey, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to join us.”
This year the ensemble is joined by Krista Gibbard, a classically trained soprano. She has performed as a soloist for the Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
“We were delighted when we found Krista,” said Pappajohn. “She has our exact sound – a crystal-pure voice with a lovely mixture of ancient and Celtic colourings.”
Winter Harp is Saturday (Dec. 12) at the Port Theatre. There are two performances: 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There is a pre-show chat for the matinee performance at 2:45 p.m. at the theatre.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $36 for members, $15 for students and are available by calling 250-754-8550 or online at www.porttheatre.com.