Hear our KNSJ radio interview with Christina Tourin - and learn how the folk harp revival found its roots right here in East County, atop Mount Laguna which now has 9 harp companies among its 81 residents!
Also hear excerpts of Irish music on her Celtic harp - and a special song she used to play for Maria Von Trapp from Sound of Music fame:
By Miriam Raftery
Updated March 13, 2015 (San Diego) – Over 100 Irish harp players will be in town for St. Patrick’s Day, performing tow concerts open to the public in San Diego March 15th and 17th . The musicians are in town for the International Harp Therapy Training Program at the Hanalei Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, where participants learn to take harp music into senior homes, schools, hospitals, hospices and more.
During their visit, the harp players will also have the opportunity to take a bus trip to Mount Laguna, to see where the folk harp movement began in the U.S.A., says Christina Tourin, organizer.
The concerts will be at the Hanalei Ballroom:
Two concerts will be featured at the Hotel.
March 15, Sunday - 6:30 p.m. Six of the most famous Harp Players in the world perform in concert. For savings and information go to: www.PlayHarp.com
March 17, Tuesday - 7:00 p.m. 100+ Harp Players from around the world perform in concert. ($20.00 for a family or $25.00 at the door. $10.00 for Individuals or $15.00 at the door - www.PlayHarp.com) Children will have an opportunity to come up and try a harp and a beautiful little green harp will be raffled off at the concert.
“Please invite people from senior homes and young people. This is an amazing concert,” adds Tourin, a Mount Laguna resident and music therapist who is also the director of the International Harp Therapy Program and Founder of the Rainbow of Sound/Color My World Harp Circles. For more information, contact Tourin at HarpRealm@gmail.com or visit www.PlayHarp.com.