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Harpist Lara Garner

Harp Excerpts

Hornpipe by Purcell
Bridal Chorus
A River Runs Through You (from Twilight)
A Whole New World (from Aladdin)
Ash Grove
Balleydesmond Celtic
Calliope House
Canon in D - Pachelbel
The Fairy's Reel
Flying to the Fleadh
For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart)
Hallelujah-Leonard Cohen
Henry MacDermott Roe
Jupiter
Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
May It Be (from Lord of the Rings)
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
Morgan Megan
Morning Has Broken
Only Time by Enya
Passepied by Handel
The Rose
Stairway to Heaven
The Tailor's Twist
Women of Ireland
Lara has a B.A. in music from U.C. Berkeley and a Master's Degree from San Francisco State University. She lived in both Paris and Rome, where she performed as piano soloist, accompanist to singers, instrumentalists & ballet & opera companies. She has also played many musical theater shows. Lara has played all the major piano repertoire of chamber music (trios, quartets, quintets)and was the founder of Trio Con Spirito, as well as Baroque a Quattro and the original flute/piano duo Bianco Fiore. As a harpist, Lara has recorded on many CDs, the latest from 2014 on STNS Studio out of Santa Barbara "Arts & Letters: Original Tunes for Celtic Harp". Another CD with opera singer Monifa Harris is slated to come out in 2015. Lara taught herself to play the harp later on in life and now performs celtic and Classical repertoire and is much sought after for events. She is the founder of the classical group, Amethyst Trio, the celtic folk group, Celtic Sands. Lara has three beautiful top-of-the-line harps; a Lyon & Healy Classical harp, a Cithara Nova celtic harp and a smaller Rick Rubarth-made Merlin Celtic harp. She has both a small battery-operated Microcube amp for outdoors where electricity cannot be had and larger amps and sound systems for bigger spaces with electricity. She also has three different portable black Yamaha stage pianos, each suitable for different venues where a piano is not provided.

Client Comments for Harpist/Pianist Lara Garner

"Dear Lara, thank you so much for playing beautiful classical music on your harp in the chapel at Holy Cross cemetery. I feel so lucky to have found you and hope to have you play for another occasion in the future. Sincerely, Barbara"---San Francisco 2014
"What a wonderful and elegant experience for our residents at The Broadmoor in San Francisco. Lara is just the best.This was the second time that we have had her play during one of our theme parties. We will definitely be hiring her back in the near future." --Ken J, San Francisco 2014
"Lara was wonderful, her music was beautiful and exactly what we requested.She was prompt when responding to email and arrived early and was set up when we arrived. We would strongly recommend Lara and it was our pleasure to have her be part of our wedding!" ---- Dawn, San Francisco 2013
"She did a FANTASTIC job with my wedding last June. I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Lara!"----Mary Alana 2013 "
"A very classy performance. Lara played at our Thanksgiving Celebration in our formal dining room and we couldn't have been more pleased. If you want the best - Lara is the one to hire for your event." - Ken J, San Francisco, 2013
"Lara Garner played harp for our wedding ceremony in Half Moon Bay and she was amazing! Our guests loved it and it really made our wedding very elegant and beautiful. She is amazing, very accommodating, has a large selection of music,very talented, very quick at responding to emails. She is absolutely wonderful and we HIGHLY reccommend booking her for any event. WE LOVE YOU LARA!!"---- Michele I, Half Moon Bay 2012
"I would highly recommend Lara for any event.We had a small intimate wedding and she added that special extra touch of beautiful harp music to the ceremony."....Liz W. 2012

"Hi Lara. Thank you so much for yesterday! Your playing was absolutely wonderful! I will surely refer you to anyone who asks or needs some wonderful harp music played. See you at the next event!"-------Vance, SF Yacht Club, 2009

"What a pleasure to have this harpist have my daughter and son-in-law's brunch. I would recommend Ocean Sands Trio for any event. EXCELLENT!!!" ----Curt W, 2008, brunch party, Los Gatos, CA

"I can only give you an A++++. Your music was fantastic and was the crowning point to the wedding. I had so many wonderful comments on your song and the arrangements and music choices. I have been planning this wedding for my daughter's entire lifetime in my mind and you were a very important part of it. Thank you and your group from all of us."------Susan W., Cameron, Kiely and JP, Hollister, CA 2008

"Thank you. It was lovely - you looked and sounded great in that beautiful foyer at the Olympic Club."
------Elisa M., San Francisco, 2008

Lara is a marvelous pianist and very easy to work with. She played everything we asked for and created a lovely background environment for our party. I can't say enough good things about her music and personality. I highly recommend her and I plan on hiring her again for another event. ----James H. 2008 San Francisco

"You added the most perfect aura to my ceremony. One of sweet sentiment and whimsical fantasy that I wasn't expecting but really brought the entire ceremony together. Please accept my husband's and my thanks for your hard work and for sharing your talent with us and our families and friends." ----- Alison G., Santa Clara, CA,2008

"Dear Lara, thank you for being a part of our special day. I think the harp is a magical instrument and it really added a romantic touch. The weather improved shortly after you left. By the time we set sail, the sun was setting and the sky just opened up with gorgeous yellow light and pink clouds. The night was as clear as a bell with the city all lit up. It was breathtaking. Best wishes to you." -------Patricia E., San Francisco, CA 2008

"I was extremely impressed with Lara's courtesy and professionalism. She gave a lovely performance on the harp which made our event extra special. I would highly recommend her services." -Pat E, 2008, Wedding, Sausalito, CA

"You were a blessing to the program. I certainly will invite you back. Your playing is beautiful and my Pastor appreciated it a lot. Have a blessed day." ---Marietta, Oakland, CA, 2008

"Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed your music. Thank you for being part of our ceremony" ----- Ani V., San Francisco, CA, 2007

"Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding ceremony!! You have been an amazing individual to work with. Chris and I are incredibly gratefu for your effort and determination to provide us with a fantastic wedding experience. Truly, your trio surpassed even our highest expectations. Your presentation, sound and appearance were all in perfect harmony. We were awed and our guests enjoyed every minute of the evening. Please feel free to use us as a reference. Thank you again for facilitating our special day in a such superb fashion. We feel so blessed." ----- All the best, Heidi & Chris, San Francisco, CA 2007

Lara was extremely accommodating, with many recommendations. She was very responsive to my questions and needs (I was nervous about the wedding and I emailed her A LOT!)and she worked to make me feel comfortable and confident. She and her fellow musicians were punctual, professional, and their music was great. They also worked with our freind who sang at our wedding ceremony both before the event by email and on the day of the event before guests arrived. All of our guests commented on how lovely and fitting the music was. I highly reommend both Lara and Ocean Sands. ----Bill B, 2008, Wedding, Oakland, CA

To Contact for Booking and information

amethysttrio@gmail.com
Phone: (650) 430-5016