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Heavenly music from award winning harpist

June 7th, 2021

Sometimes small venues are treated to concert-hall quality music when their spot on the map fills an opening on a musician's tour. Residents at Points West Living Stettler were treated to just such an experience when award-winning harpist, Gianetta Baril stopped by in her performance-outfitted travelling van and gave three cottage recitals.

A travelling performance van

Gianetta Baril contacted me to say she was driving through Stettler and asked if we would like to have her play for residents,” says Recreation Therapist, Lisa Smith. “She is a professional harpist who got creative with COVID closing so many performance venues. She transformed a van into a travelling mini-home and concert stage. She can open the sliding door and offer outdoor concerts.”

Lisa was able to arrange for Gianetta to perform indoors at PWL Stettler, one recital in each of the three cottage areas. “This allowed residents to stay within their cottages,” says Lisa, “and for the maximum number of residents to get to enjoy the music.”

A lifelong passion for the harp

Gianetta shared that she got her first toy harp at the age of three and fell in love with the instrument. Her mother wanted her to study piano, which she did for five years, and then, at the age of ten, she was allowed to start harp lessons. Now she is the one teaching university students, performing with orchestras, giving recitals in concert halls, and on this COVID-driven tour, enriching the lives of people in tiny venues all across western Canada.

It was so beautiful...

Residents were transported by Gianetta’s music, says Lisa. One resident, Butch Hunter told Lisa, “It was so beautiful, I have goosebumps!” Another said, “We were so lucky to have her come in!”, and another, “It was so beautiful. I could really feel the music through her.”

Photo: Harpist, Gianetta Baril performed three cottage recitals for residents at Points West Living Stettler on May 20th

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