. . . and Receptions:
Izban, bride, wedding reception in Oak Park, IL:
"Kari, I just wanted to thank you again for your beautiful performance
at our wedding on May 8. Everyone enjoyed the harp music, and it added
so much to our cocktail hour and reception. We received many compliments
about your lovely music. We are so glad that you were able to play
at our wedding, and you were so professional and easy to work with.
(It was great that you always responded back to me right away with
any questions I had throughout my planning. That made things easier
for me!) In short, we are so very pleased with everything. If I know
of anyone else getting married, I will recommend you to them! Thanks
L. , bride, wedding and cocktail hour in Chicago, IL:
"Kari, thank you so much for playing at our wedding! Your music
is absolutely beautiful and added such an elegant touch! We also loved
how you were able to incorporate a modern twist at our cocktail reception
by playing rock songs. Thanks again!!"
S. , mother of the bride, wedding and cocktial hour in Lake Forest,
"We met Kari and were thoroughly impressed with her. She played
several songs for us at our meeting. We spent a good amount of time
choosing songs from her large selection. She arrived on time for our
event. It was an outdoor ceremony with rain coming any time. We completed
the ceremony and the rain started 2 minutes later. She was completely
calm and got herself and her harp indoors quickly and set up playing
without a blink. We were able to have a great variety in music during
the 1.5 hours she played. Everyone complimented her on her performance.
We highly recommend her and are completely satisfied. If another occasion
arises, we will surely contact her again. "
Wilkinson, PSO Artistic Director (1998-99), PSO Personnel Mgr. (1980-88
commenting on my time as the Peoria Symphony's Principal Harpist:
"Harpist Kari Gardner is producing the most beautifully full harp
sound that this [Peoria Symphony] orchestra has ever experienced. I
have performed in the PSO since 1968, and Kari has become one of this
106-year-old orchestra's most professional, reliable, and musical assets.
Kari has been a real "find" and continues to blend her glorious
harp sounds into the orchestral mix with precision and energy. We are
fortunate to have her with us!"
Gardner was a wonderful addition to a fiftieth birthday celebration.
Her musical selections were eclectic and a refreshing mix of classical
and contemporary, reflecting favorite music. The room was filled
with the sound of her strings in the background, present but never
overbearing. Conversations were held at comfortable tones as her
music accompanied and enhanced thought, laughter and memories."
and Doug Bade, holiday party:
thank you very much playing at our holiday party. We really enjoyed
your playing, as well as received many positive comments from
our guests. Your selection of holiday music was excellent. Hopefully,
you will be available again next year!"
funeral memorial service:
was perfect and having you there to play the angelic harp added
the "icing on the cake" so to speak. You certainly added
an elegant touch to the memorial and I am SO very glad you were
there. Your music was beautiful, elegant and so appropriate to the
occasion. I was extremely pleased! Thank you again!"
Schwartz, rooftop proposal, Chicago, IL:
"On my engagement
night, I relied on Kari Gardner and her beautiful music, to create the
perfect mood. I surprised my fiance to be by asking her to escort me
with a glass of wine to the rooftop of our condo building. What Lori
heard upon setting foot on our rooftop overlooking the skyscrapers of
Chicago and Lake Michigan on a gorgeous summer evening, was the soothing
and emotionally enriched music from Kari's harp. Kari's music enhanced
the special emotions that my fiance and I were about to experience.
I proceeded to ask Lori to marry me and spent the next few hours enjoying
the scene, eating dinner, and listening to nearly every romantic song
that one could think of under the stars. Kari's professionalism, ability
to play a wide-range of songs, and overall skill were extremely impressive.
Without her music, this most important evening simply would not have
been the same."
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