It’s hard to listen to without craving a baguette, or at least going outside.”

-Kathleen Johnson
hammered dulcimer player

My album Soirée à Montpellier (“evening in Montpellier”) is a musical expression of the two years I spent living in Southern France. As an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ (now called ‘Cru’) I spent most days on the university campuses, meeting wonderful French college students, learning what they believe about life and God, and sharing with them how Jesus has transformed my life. During these two years I lived in the center of town (bits of which were build around year 1200) and I quickly discovered that Montpellier is a very musical city. I heard accordion music on the tram; carousel music as I passed through the main plaza to buy groceries; classical music pouring out the open windows of the music school; Gregorian chant at the cathedral.

In this release, I have taken these various ‘snap shots’ and interpreted them on solo harp, selecting pieces with the aim of creating a musical atmosphere similar to what I experienced in Montpellier. I hope the result is gloriously relaxing and unexpectedly fresh.

stephanie claussen playing harp at a wedding

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