Encounter with Heaven concert will feature harp music

Grace Lutheran Church will host Encounters with Heaven, a concert of Heavenly Harp music at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The evening will feature the mother and son duo Karin and Ryan Gunderson performing traditional and popular pieces ranging from “What a Wonderful World” to “It is Well with My Soul” arranged for harp, piano, Native American flute and voices.

Karin, who has worked as a hospice harpist, will share stories from her work and her book “Encounters with Heaven — Stories of God’s Surprising Presence.”

Ryan Gunderson began playing by ear in first grade and was soon creating compositions for the adult choir at his family’s church. He recently recorded his first piano album which will be available along with Heavenly Harp Music CDs and musical nature DVDs.

Enjoy a combination of peaceful music, beautiful stories, and thrilling sounds. Audience members will be invited to participate in singing a few favorite hymns as well.

The free concert is located at 211 S. Ninth St. For more information, contact 576-4106 or view their website www.ChristianHarpMusic.com. During the reception following the concert, CDs, DVDs and Karin Gunderson’s book will be available for signing.