My husband and I spent a restful hour at the Pine Island Library this afternoon listening to seasonal music played on the harp by Barbara Fischer. Fischer teaches harp and piano in Fort Myers. Her mother is also a harpist.
The selection of music was certainly eclectic. Pieces that I would consider typical for the harp such as “What Child Is This?” and “Coventry Carol” were interspersed with Great American Songbook-style tunes such as “White Christmas” and “Christmas Waltz.” Fischer even included a jazzy version of “Santa Baby” and the mellow Charlie Brown theme “Christmas Time Is Here.” Most if not all of these were Fischer’s own arrangements.
For her rendition of “Jingle Bells,” Fischer enlisted three volunteers from the audience as her auxiliary percussion section. The rest of the audience participated in a singalong.
Her commentary between songs was humorous and informative. We learned the history of the music she chose and also something of the mechanics of the harp itself.
We left the library full of good will toward men. Bravo to the Lee County Library System for providing such a warm start to the holidays.