Kari is a professional wedding and event musician (harpist) serving Chicago, IL to Milwaukee, WI. Events include ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, showers, private parties, corporate parties, and holiday events.
Kari's extensive and informative website includes her amazing repertoire list (classical music, Celtic, Christian, Jewish, Chinese, Broadway, pop and rock--from the Phantom of the Opera to Enya, and from Sinatra to Metallica), audio samples, helpful information, and testimonials such as this one:
"Kari 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."
Kari began studying music at the age of 2 1/2, starting with violin. By the age of 11, she was also taking harp and piano lessons. She went on to complete both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in harp performance from Northwestern University, where she studied under Elizabeth Cifani, Lyric Opera principal harpist. Other teachers include now retired Minnesota Orchestra Principal Harpists Joan Mainzer and Kathy Kienzle.