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Kari Gardner

Harp from Grayslake, IL - Will travel up to 80 miles
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Kari Gardner is a talented professional harpist who performs primarily in the greater Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI areas. Her amazingly extensive repertoire includes a broad range of styles, for example: classical (from Medieval and Renaissance to French Romantic and Contemporary), Celtic, Christian, Jewish, Chinese, Broadway, and popular (from the Phantom of the Opera to Enya, and from Sinatra to Metallica). She has had the pleasure of arranging music for the harp specifically to suit her client's requests. Some examples include Indian Bollywood movie music, 80's metal, current R&B hits, and Romanian hymns. For December events she can perform a mix of Christmas, Hanukkah, and secular seasonal music in order to be inclusive of all of your attendees, or narrow her repertoire to one category to suit your specific tastes.

Background: Kari began studying music at the age of 2 1/2, starting with violin. By the age of 11 she was also taking harp and piano lessons. She went on to complete both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in harp performance from Northwestern University, where she studied under Elizabeth Cifani, Lyric Opera principal harpist. Other teachers include Minnesota Orchestra Principal Harpists Joan Mainzer (retired) and Kathy Kienzle (current).

Experience: Kari has been freelancing part-time since she was in highschool and full time since obtained her Master's degree in 1996. She has performed as principal harpist for many orchestras, composes and arranges music for harp and various folk harps, and held steady background music gigs. Her longest running background music engagement was as a Sunday brunch harpist at a hotel in Deerfield, IL--every Sunday for six years as well as major holidays. In her work as a musician for weddings she has played for many types of ceremonies, including Christian, Jewish, Islam, Hindi, Zoastrian, multiple faith, non-religious, and various themed weddings. Wedding size has ranged from just the bride and groom, the minister, and Kari (she was even asked to sign as a witness!) to hundreds of people. She has the experience and professionalism necessary to make her part of your event smooth and worry-free.
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Kari was amazing!!! Very professional and talented!! I received many compliments on her performance! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a harpist! She presented herself in a very professional way and responded to any of my questions immediately. Way to go Kari! Loved it!!!!

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Kari was accomadating, prompt, thoughtful, and such a talented musician. She had every detail covered, she thought of everything down to the smallest detail. Kari was able to make our wedding everything we wanted and more! We were so honored to have her share our day with our family and friends and Kari made the experience unforgettable!

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Kari is a very talented musician, but beyond that she was a pleasure to work with, and went out of her way to help us through the whole process. She was very accommodating, and truly happy for us on the day of our event. It was a joy having her with us for our special day!

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MOVIE MUSIC
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Beauty and the Beast
Ashmanarr
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Elton John
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Bryan Adams
My Favorite Things
Rogers & Hammerstein
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic - Celine Dion)
Horner
One Hand, One Heart
(West Side Story)
The Prayer (Celine Dion/Bocelli)
Sager & Foster
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Churchill
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Please note Kari Gardner will also travel to Round Lake, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Libertyville, Mundelein, Ingleside, Wadsworth, Fox Lake, Great Lakes, North Chicago, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Waukegan, Antioch, Lake Bluff, Island Lake, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Benet Lake, Russell.
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