The Elegant Harp

Why book The Elegant Harp?

Awarded Best of Wedding 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 on The Knot & Bride's Choice 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 on Wedding Wire, Premiere Harpist Esther M. Underhay brings her experience playing for Presidents, Celebrities, entertaining on Celebrity Cruises, and as Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach Harpist, to your special event.
In great demand in South Florida for Solo Harp, Chamber Duo & Trio, & Jazz Band, she creates a very elegant ambiance for your wedding, dinner party, corporate event, or cocktail party. She plays a wide spectrum of musical styles in order to present a truly memorable experience for you and your guests, always working to meet and exceed your expectations.

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Fantastic and Amazing Harpist

The Elegant Harp was the best thing possible choice for my event. From the beginning of the conversation with Esther, she was polite, willing to work with my budget and eager to be a part of the event. I had always wanted a harpist to accompany my graduation celebration and the Elegant Harp made that possible. I was able to select my favorite songs from a wide selection that she provided in advance. The day of the event I did not have to worry about anything - not only did Esther arrived in plenty of time for set up at the event, even in the midst of a torrential downpour - but we were able to go over last details before guests arrived. The music was absolutely delightful, with all of my favorite songs played. She played "Smile" live during a slideshow which provided the background music to really make it so beautiful. I will never forget how special the evening was, how rich the atmosphere because of the entertainment, how professional Esther was and how easy it was to work with her. I would recommend The Elegant Harp to anyone desiring a first class harpist and I would love the opportunity to have her presence at a future event. Esther, you made my event the highlight of the year!

Expertise
Communication
Professionalism
Priced Fairly
Adaptability
Reviewer: Therese A.
Event: Graduation in Boca Raton, FL
Event Date: May 2, 2013
Hired As: Harpist

Response from The Elegant Harp:

Thank you so much, Therese! It was such a privilege to be a part of this very special celebration at the Train Depot in Boca Raton. The torrential rain may have delayed your guests, but it did not stop them from attending, which attests to how very special you are! Give me a call when you plan another special event. I would love to be a part of it! All the best to you!
Kindest regards,
Esther

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: $1,000,000
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: AFM

Whether you hire The Elegant Harp or another Harpist for your West Palm Beach event, we strongly recommend that all communication be kept on the Gig Salad booking platform as you book your Harpist. When you do, we’re able to offer numerous benefits that we cannot guarantee if you take communication or deposit payment off the Gig Salad website. Our booking system is easy to use and handles secure deposit payments from you to the West Palm Beach Harpist of your choice.

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The Elegant Harp

Doesn't it FRUSTRATE you to attend an event, only to be blasted by the music, making it impossible to network as you had hoped? THE ELEGANT HARP provides the perfect ambiance for your corporate and social events, without intruding on the conversation.

Harpist Esther Underhay has performed professionally on Harp and Piano on the Concert Stage and for countless Political, Corporate, Charity, and Social Events, including Weddings, in homes of millionaires and billionaires in South Florida, throughout the United States, Canada, Bahamas, and around the world, for over 25 years. She has many years' experience as a musician interacting with guests through long-term contracts as harpist at Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and on Celebrity Cruises. She is equally comfortable interacting with people of all socioeconomic status, including Presidents, Royalty, celebrities, and the very wealthy.

Winning the hearts of her audiences wherever she goes, Harpist Esther Underhay was recently hailed “Esther, Queen of Harps”.

With years of experience performing for elite guests, it is always in the role of an ambassador, recognizing lifetime customer value, therefore always striving to build brand loyalty through stellar performance. As an integral part of the whole, Esther works to give the guests an extraordinary experience that exceeds their expectations. Your/our reputation is only as good as the last experience, so we must always endeavor to make it a memory to last a lifetime.

Harpist Esther Underhay performs a broad spectrum of music:
From Rachmaninoff’s “Variation on a Theme by Paganini” to Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata”
From Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” to The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”
From Gypsy King's "Bamboleo" to Coldplay's “Clocks”..
Repertoire is carefully chosen to complement your event.

“You are one with your harp, you made love to your harp with your music, I was enthralled, it was the most beautiful I have ever heard!” Countess Henrietta de Hoernle following concert.

Esther has personally performed for literally 1000's of Bridal Events including Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Receptions, Engagement Dinner, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Brunch Morning After Wedding

Whether a large extravagant wedding or a simple affair; in a cathedral, hotel ballroom, or outdoors, Esther works with the couple to choose just the right music. For the wedding cocktail hour or reception, she incorporates a mixture of favorite songs spanning three generations in order to make it meaningful to the wide range of ages represented. A Classically trained pianist, she is often asked to perform on the harp for the ceremony and then the piano for the cocktail hour. Destination weddings are very popular in South Florida. Whether the couple lives here or is flying in just in time for the wedding, she will assist them in ensuring the music is exactly what they have always dreamed of. Solo or duo harp, or in combination with other instruments, the music of the harp is sure to help create an unforgettable experience on the wedding day!
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Performed for
- President and Mrs. H.W. Bush
- President Bill Clinton
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
- G7 Summit 1995, Halifax, Nova Scotia, private reception for Economic World Leaders’ Wives, including Hillary Clinton, hosted by Canada's Prime Minister's wife, Madame Aline Chretien
- Canada’s Prime Minister’s wife, Mila Mulroney
- H.R.H. Prince Edward
- Canada’s CTV national news program, Biography

RECENT CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Merrill Lynch
A. B. Levy Rare Antiques
Kendall Medical Center
Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens
Jewish Federation
Silversea Cruises
Chane des Rtisseurs
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
International Red Cross Ball
American Institute of Architecture
First Southern Bank
Futures of Palm Beach
Jamali Gallery
J. R. Dunn Jewelers
Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club
Comerica
United Way
Mercedes Benz
Bank United
The Spa at Doral
American Friends of the Israel Museum
Altiers Jewelers
Florida Pace Center AND MANY MORE...

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
* Onstage throughout US, Canada, Solo & Duo Harp, with backup band
* Celebrity Cruises
* Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach
* AAA 4 Diamond Riveredge Resort Hotel, NY
* Canada’s National CBC Television & Radio
* Orchestras in the US, Canada
* Manhattan Transfer Concert, Backup Band, 2009
* For numerous Celebrities, including Christopher Plummer, Pierce Brosnan
* Performer/Lecturer on History of Harp, University Music Departments, Irish Societies

The team providing the talent:

Esther Underhay

Harpist

Esther Underhay

Pianist

Set List

CLASSICAL
Adagio Marcello
Air from the Water Music
Air on the G String
Arioso
Ave Maria
Bb Major Sonata Mozart
Bolero Ravel
Canon in D
Cavalleria Rusticana
Clair de Lune
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Danza Espanola
Elvira Madigan
Fur Elise
Gabriel’s Oboe
Gymnopedie
Habanera
Intermezzo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
Largo
Liebestraume
Meditation from “Thais”
Moonlight Sonata
Nocturne Chopin
O Mio Babbino
On Wings of Song
Pathetique Sonata
Pavane
Playera Granados
Polovetzian Dance
Premiere Arabesque
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rodrigo Concerto
Romance from Pearl Fishers
Romanze fr. Eine Kleine Nachtmusic
Scheherazade
Sheep May Safely Graze
Sicilienne
Sleepers Awake
Traumerai
Opera Melodies
Strauss Waltzes

BROADWAY
All I Ask of You
All the Things You Are
Almost Like Being in Love
An American in Paris
Anything Goes
Beauty and the Beast
Berlin Medley
Bewitched
Bidin’ My Time
Can you Feel the Love Tonight
Can’t Halp Lovin’ Dat Man
Cole Porter Medley
Climb Every Mountain
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Embraceable You
Falling in Love With Love
Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Fiddler on the Roof Medley
Getting to Know You
High Flying, Adored
I Don’t Know How to Love Him
I Got Rhythm
It’s de Lovely
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Your Face
Les Miserables Medley
Long Ago and Far Away
Love is Here to Stay
Memory
My Favorite things
New York, New York
Night and Day
Ol’ Man River
One Hand, One Heart
People Will Say We’re in Love
Pie Jesu
S’Wonderful
Send in the Clowns
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Some Enchanted Evening
Someone to Watch Over Me
Sound of Music Medley
Summertime
Sunrise, Sunset
We Kiss in the Shadows
You’ll Never Walk Alone

POPULAR: STANDARDS
A Love Until the End of Time
A Man and a Woman
Alfie
All My Loving
All the Way
All You Need is Love
And I Love You So
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Begin the Beguine
Berlin Medley
Blue Bayou
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
California Dreamin’
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Chances Are
Time To Say Goodbye
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Eleanor Rigby
Emily
Endless Love
Europa
Fields of Gold
Fire and Rain
Fly Me to the Moon
For Once in My Life
For Sentimental Reasons
From This Moment
Georgia on My Mind
Have I Told You Lately?
He Was Beautiful
Here, There, Everywhere
Hey, Jude
How Deep is Your Love?
I Just Called to Say I Love You
I Left My Heart in San Francisco
I Only Have Eyes For You
If You Leave Me Now
I’m in the Mood for Love
Imagine
I Say a Little Prayer
In the Mood
Isn’t it Romantic?
Isn’t She Lovely?
It Had to Be You
It’s Impossible
It’s Now or Never
I Wish You Love
Just the Way You Are
Lara’s Theme
Let it Be
Let it Be Me
Love Theme from “The Godfather”
Michelle
Misty
Moon River
Moonglow
Moonlight Serenade
More
Nearness of You, The
Never on a Sunday
Norwegian Wood
On a Clear Day
Only Time
Over the Rainbow
Right Here Waiting
Satin Doll
Save the Best For Last
Save the Last Dance For Me
Sentimental Journey
Sometimes When We Touch
Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Somewhere in Time
Stairway to Heaven
Strangers in the Night
String of Pearls
Sway
Take Five
That’s All
The More I See You
The Prayer
The Rose
Through the Eyes of Love
Time After Time
Time to Say Goodbye
To Love You More
Unchained Melody
Under the Boardwalk
Way You Look Tonight, The
What a Wonderful World
What Are You Doing For the Rest of Your Life?
When a Man Loves a Woman
When I Fall In Love
Wind Beneath My Wings
Wonderful Tonight
Yesterday
You Raise Me Up
Your Song
Extensive BEATLES, SINATRA, BOCELLI, BUBLE, BOTTI, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL,ENYA, KENNY G

POPULAR: CURRENT
A Thousand Years
Alegria
Bella’s Lullaby
Broken Vow
Clocks
Destiny
Don’t Stop Believin’
Easy
Find Your Wings
Go The Distance
Hero
I Believe in You and Me
I Loved Her First
I’m Yours
Lovesong
Marry Me
My Confession
Nothing Else Matters
Now We Are Free
O
Only Hope
Part of My Heart
Rule the World
Song From a Secret Garden
Thunder Road
Upside Down
Viva la Vida

SPANISH
Abrazame
Bamboleo
Besame Mucho
Bolero Ravel
Buona Sera
Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan
El Condor Pasa (Peru)
Guantanamera
Historia de un Amor (The Story of Love)
Jalousie
La Bamba
La Cucaracha
La Paloma
Malaguana
Miami Beach Rhumba
Mi Tierra
Por Una Cabeza
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
Siboney
Spanish Eyes
It’s Impossible
Sway
Vaya Con Dias
You Are Always in My Heart

BRAZILIAN
Manha de Carnaval (A Day in the Life of a Fool)
Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema)
How Insensitive
Meditation
Orchids in the Moonlight
Quando, Quando, Quando
Quiet Nights
Wave

OTHER INTERNATIONAL
Extensive IRISH
Extensive ITALIAN
FRENCH
ENGLISH
CARIBBEAN

Setup Requirements

Access to power for band

Stage preferred for band

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