Harp Ensemble performs at capitol

The six members of Harp Ensemble gathered to play a recital for a crowd of 20 from 7:30-9 p.m. May 10 at the capitol. The harpists played various songs such as “Brazil,” “Girl From Ipanema” and “Blue Danube Waltz.”

“The trip was a lot of fun,” freshman Annalee Nelson said. “It was great to have such a good performance and hang out with other harpists.”

The harpists arrived at the capitol at 3 p.m. For the next four and half hours, they decorated a cake, ate pizza and practiced their music to finish perfecting songs for the recital.

“We worked so hard preparing for the recital,” Annalee said. “It was worth it though, to hear it all come together so nicely.”

Family and friends of the harpists attended the recital, which was free of charge.

“I was a lot less nervous than at usual recitals,” Annalee said. “I knew everyone there, so I knew they wouldn’t judge me harshly.”

In addition to the songs played by the entire ensemble, seniors Jasmine Chen and Bridget Walsh performed a duet called “A Spanish Dance.”

“Normally, we only do pieces that include all six harpists,” Bridget said. “It was a cool change of pace to do something with just Jasmine. Jasmine and I have been playing together for the past four years, so we know each other really well and are able to play together with a lot of confidence.”