December 2011 Holiday Harp Extravaganza

December 17, 2011: in the 14th year of our beloved tradition, harpists/harpers from all over Southern California gathered to share holiday cheer.

We met this time in the long central lobby of the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and played for assembled staff, patients and guests.

Approximately 25 harpists of all ages and all experience levels, with lever and pedal harps of all sizes, joined to perform a program of Christmas, Hanukah and general-interest harp ensembles planned by Extravaganza director Elaine Litster.


the harpists and audience start to gather.


Elaine takes a survey of who's planning to play which part in the harp ensembles.


Listeners could be seated iaround the lobby's wishing well ...


Or in several rows of seats in the long hall.


After the performance: some of the arrangers of the harp ensemble music, who also performed in the ensemble: Left to Right, Cynthia Artish, Bonnie Mohr, Stephanie Bennett, and Extravaganza director Elaine Litster.

Works performed:

TRIPTIC DANCE by Pierre Beauchant


SUO GAN arranged by Cynthia Artish

selections from INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS COLLECTION arranged by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz

selections from CHANUKAH WITH FRIENDS arranged by Ellie Choate

DONA NOBIS PACEM arranged by Stephanie Bennett

selections from 50 CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR ALL HARPS arranged by Sylvia Woods

CAROL OF THE BELLS arranged by Bonnie Mohr

See information and pictures from 2010 Extravaganza here.

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