Harp players spread 'joy of sharing music' at Englewood library

Frequent faces, area harpists take to afternoon performance

Posted 9/24/18

Players from the Colorado Celtic Harp Society sent soothing notes through the air during a performance for patrons Sept. 20 at the Englewood Public Library. A handful of people sat in the small …

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Harp players spread 'joy of sharing music' at Englewood library

Frequent faces, area harpists take to afternoon performance

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Players from the Colorado Celtic Harp Society sent soothing notes through the air during a performance for patrons Sept. 20 at the Englewood Public Library.

A handful of people sat in the small audience feet away from the five harpists, who played renditions of “Annie's Song” by John Denver and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” among several other songs.

In the audience was Judy Forbes, 73, also a member of the Harp Society.

“They're all excellent harpists,” Forbes said. “I thought it was really nice to hear the history of the songs.”

One of the players, Carolyn Hinds, 83, explained the backstory to the tunes during the performance, including the story of “Swing Low” as a spiritual by black slaves.

Joanna Cook, 69, has been playing with the group for about seven years. The players perform at the Englewood library several times a year, Cook said, including a Christmas show in mid-December.

“We like sharing harp music because we believe that music makes a difference in lives and in the world,” Cook said, adding that some people have never seen a harp, so it's educational. One young patron was excited to see the harp and try plucking the strings.

“It's the joy of sharing music,” Cook added.

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