Chris Ward, a Minnesotan harp player and vocalist, did a series of concerts in our region. She focused particularly on songs both performed and written by other Minnesotans. Chris took the time to explain her instrument, took questions from the audience, and even invited children to explore the instrument and touch the pedals.
We hoped that patrons would get a chance to experience and enjoy a private concert and in so doing they would learn more about the harp. We hoped that their understanding, appreciation and interest in the instrument would increase. We distributed evaluation forms to all attendees after the program to get their feedback.
97% of participants said that after watching this program their understanding and appreciation of harp music was increased. 78% of respondents said that the program helped them to better understand the instrument. 97% agreed that the program increased their interest in harp music. Several patrons commented that they had never heard the harp played in person before, and a few had never seen one. Public comments included: "programs like this give us an opportunity to learn and enjoy," and, "her voice brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for organizing this presentation."
In Greenbush, three volunteers donated their time to set up the space and clean it up. The Life Care Manor donated their space for the program free of charge. In Karlstad, the space was provided free of charge by the city. Several volunteers provided their assistance in setting up and clearing the space, free of charge. In Warroad, the Friends of the Library donated treats and coffee for attendees.