Have you ever heard a harp played live? Have you ever wanted to know more about the harp?

Well tonight is your chance at the Dodge City Public Library as Dee Spitler brings Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus 7 p.m.

Spitler, who along with her husband Corky and daughter Mikayla, moved to Dodge City from the Niagra Falls area in May this year.

"My husband became the pastor at Christ the King on Beeson Road," Spitler said.

About 15 years ago while living near Charlotte, North Carolina, Spitler came across a harp player who lived about a mile away from her who was giving harp lessons.

"I was curious about it and she started offering adult harp lessons so I took it," she said. "Then my daughter began taking lessons when she was in 3rd grade and is a far better player than I am, she's 27 now."

Along with playing the harp, Spitler will also discuss the history of the instrument as well as talking about the sounds and technique used to play the harp.

For a time, Spitler had given up on the harp when her daughter took the instrument to college.

"I hadn't played in about 7 or 8 years," she said. "Then a year ago I bought a new harp and got back into it.

"I will say it took a little getting used to again. For someone getting to play a musical instrument as an adult, you do not become as proficient as you would if you started at a younger age.

"That's why my daughter is a better player than I am.

"I began playing piano when I was a child so my mother decided to try playing as well and she would get very frustrated.

"Same thing is happening to me with my daughter."

Spitler said Mikayla would be attending and playing the harp as well but also said that for those who attend, they will be allowed to pluck the strings themselves after the show if they would like to.

Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus is free and open to the public.

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