Rosalind Beck - Harpist
Harpist Rosalind Beck graduated magna cum laude with bachelor of music and music education degrees from the Philadelphia Musical Academy. Rosalind studied with principal harpists of the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Boston Symphony Orchestras. She was principal harpist of the Florida Symphony Orchestra from 1970 to 1993, appearing as soloist with the FSO on several occasions. Rosalind is currently principal harpist with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She plays for the Bach Festival and Brevard Symphony Orchestra as well. Rosalind was a featured artist on the Philharmonic’s Serenade chamber series at the Orlando Museum of Art in winter 2002, 2003; at Embry-Riddle University in January 2003; and on the Mad Cow Theatre’s Cabaret Festival in Spring 2003. She has previously performed on both the Philharmonic’s chamber orchestra and Sounds of Summer chamber music series. Her accompaniment of the Orlando Deanery Boy choir can be heard on the just-released compact disc Prayer for Peace. Rosalind teaches selected private students and is also an active free-lance musician in the greater Central Florida area.
Rosalind has maintained a reputation as one of the area’s finest harpists. In addition to her position as Principal Harpist with the Orlando Philharmonic, Rosalind frequently appears as a featured accompanist with Central Florida’s leading choral groups. Her wide and varied repertoire spans the classics and sacred music to standards, pops, and show tunes—and she plays it all on her gorgeous gold concert grand harp.
Rosalind has played at every major Central Florida hotel, including many at Walt Disney World, prestigious country clubs, and she is a recommended provider of musical services for the Maison et Jardin restaurant. She also frequently performs in the rotunda at Orlando City Hall for gala art exhibit openings.
Rosalind is in constant demand for wedding rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions; private functions; corporate events; or just about any occasion calling for a tasteful, high-quality performance.
Critical praise for Rosalind:
July 2, 2004 Orlando Sentinel Commander Coconut column:
". . .I took in the first concert of the Orlando Philharmonic's "Sounds of Summer Series"... The concert was interesting and tasteful... and for me, Rosalind Beck stole the show. She has been a symphony harpist in Orlando for years."
“When Rosalind sat down at the harp -- whose strings can reverberate, making their own afterglow -- the broad, strummed chords of Jean-Michel Damase's Adagietto sounded practically luxurious by comparison to everything that came before.” --Steven Brown, Orlando Sentinel, July 13, 2001, review of Orlando Philharmonic’s “Sounds of Summer” chamber music concert.
- Orlando Philharmonic, Principal Harpist, currently.
- Florida Symphony Orchestra, Principal Harpist; 1970 to 1993.
- Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
- Brevard Symphony Orchestra
- Space Coast Symphony Orchestra
- Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra
- Central Florida Symphony
- Bach Festival of Winter Park, Rollins College
- University of Central Florida
- Stetson University
Featured Solo and Chamber Music Artist:
- Florida Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks Series
- Orlando Philharmonic, St. John Lutheran Church Chamber Music Series
- Orlando Philharmonic, Leu Gardens, "Sounds of Summer"
- Orlando Museum of Art Chamber Series
- Bok Tower Chamber Series
- Orlando Opera
- Bel Canto Singers, Daytona Beach
- Orlando Hyatt Hotel, Limey Jim’s Gourmet Restaurant, six years.
- Grosvenor Resort, one year.
- Harpist for Orlando Philharmonic CDs for Madacy Records, including "Christmas Wonderland" and ‘Andrew Lloyd Weber Gold."
Excerpts from notes of appreciation to Rosalind from newlyweds and their families:
"Your harp expressed what our hearts contained."
"We’ve heard nothing but raves about your music before our wedding."
"The sound of the harp was magnificent, and it gave the service a special touch no other instrument could."
"My ceremony was more beautiful than I ever imagined, and your music was an integral part of that magic."
"Jamey and I wanted to say thank you for providing the beautiful music at our wedding. We couldn’t have been more pleased. I will forever recommend you as a harpist for weddings!"
"Dr. Eddington complimented us on our great choice to have you as our harpist, and he has been at more weddings that we could ever count!"
Suggested wedding ceremony music:
Bach – Air on the G String
Bach – Arioso
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
Bach – Sleepers, Wake
Bach– Gounod - Ave Maria
Beethoven – Ode to Joy
Brahms – Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Burns – Morning Has Broken
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary
Damase – Adagietto
Delmas – Priere
Gustavson – Love Song
Gluck – Dance from "Alceste"
Gounod – March Pontifical
Handel – He Shall Feed His Flock
Handel – Harmonious Blacksmith
Malotte – TheLord's Prayer
Mascagni – Intermezzo from "Cavalleria Rusticana"
Mouret – Rondeau (Theme from "Masterpiece Theatre")
Mendelssohn - The Wedding March (Recessional)
Pachelbel – Canon In D
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Salzedo – Carillon
Satie – Gymnopedie
Schubert – Ave Maria
Vivaldi – Excerpts from "The Four Seasons"
Wagner – Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Here Comes The Bride)
Wolfe – Surely The Presence of the Lord Is In This Place
Hana’ava Babanot – Both beautiful and haunting. This melody envelopes the listener with a traditional Jewish ambience. The lyrics celebrate the beauty of the bride.
Dodi Li – Romantic verses from the Song of Songs, "You have captured my heart, my bride."
Hodaya – An elegant and contemporary song of thanksgiving that works well as a wedding march.
Al Kol Eleh - A romantic Israeli folk song popular for weddings.
L’Kha Dodi—The words are perfect for a processional. "Come my beloved, the bride to be."
Erev Shel Shoshanim – Evening of roses. A popular choice and creates a beautiful ambience when played on the harp.
Erev Ba – Evening comes. Stately.
Eile Chamda Libi – A lively Hassidic melody that works well as a recessional.
A Time for Us (Romeo and Juliet)
All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera)
As Time Goes By
Beauty and the Beast
Body and Soul
Can You Read My Mind?
Close to You
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Don't Cry For Me, Argentina
Feather Theme from "Forrest Gump"
For Your Eyes Only
Give Me Forever, I Do
Go The Distance (from "Hercules")
Happy Days Are Here Again
Here and Now
Here, There, and Everywhere
How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
It Might Be You (from "Tootsie")
It’s Only a Paper Moon
I’ve Got a Crush On You
Just The Way You Are
La Vie En Rose
Like Someone in Love
Long Ago and Far Away
Look of Love
Look To The Rainbow
Love Walked In
Mack the Knife
More I See You, The
Music Box Dancer
My Foolish Heart
My Heart Will Go On (from "Titanic")
Nearness of You
On My Own from "Les Miserables"
Over The Rainbow
Pieces of Dreams
Save The Best For Last
Savin' All My Love for You
Singin' in the Rain
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Someone Like You
Somewhere in Time
Somewhere Out There
Somewhere My Love
Starting Here, Starting Now
Te Quiero Dijeste (Magic Is The Moonlight)
Teach Me Tonight
The Way We Were
Through The Eyes of Love (Ice Castles)
'Til There Was You
Time After Time
Through the Years
Try to Remember
What I Did For Love
When I Fall in Love
When You Love Someone (from "Forget Paris")
When You Wish Upon a Star
When A Man Loves a Woman
Wind Beneath My Wings
With You I'm Born Again
Recordings - Rosalind's New CD:
"Rosalind, Harpist, in Concert"
Rosalind gladly accommodates special requests for your wedding if she is furnished with a copy of the sheet music and there is sufficient time to learn it.