Harp Thingy At Imiloa

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Last Friday, Imiloa Astronomy Center presented a holiday concert featuring the Kona Harp Ensemble. The event was made complete with a selection of wine as well as cheese and delicious treats prepared by the Sky Garden Restaurant.

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This particular event started with a reception in the atrium. Food and drinks! What better way to prepare for a harp performance?

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When my sis, Carlen, first invited me to a “harp thingy” I have to admit I was intrigued! Music appreciation is something I learned at a very young age because I was exposed to an array of instruments. Also, it had been a very long time since I sat through a music performance that didn’t involve crowding into a middle school dining hall to support my sons.

My only previous experience of a harp “performance” was at a wedding. A woman in a white dress sat on a stool in the corner of a large room, plucking out the top 40 of the 17th century. I’m not sure if anyone but myself and whoever paid her really noticed.

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This holiday concert was a different experience. The Ensemble members: Manuel Roberto, Bernice Roberto, Irminsul, and Jean Pierre Thoma delighted those in attendance with songs reminiscent of relaxation tunes one would expect at a spa. Beautifully arranged works of New Age and Classical artists truly personalized the flair of the ensemble, which celebrated the Season and the Spirit Child. Much deserving of the “hana hou” I requested.

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The evening’s event was elevated with brilliant timing of the planetarium’s nighttime sky overhead.

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The Kona Harp Ensemble’s next Hilo performance will be at Imiloa Astronomy Center on Sunday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m.. Joining them will be fifth member, Motter Snell, who will surely add great depth to each piece. Cheers!

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