For Andrea Mumm, the harp is the perfect accompaniment to warm summer nights. She joined the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra this year as its principal harpist. Currently, she is performing in the symphony’s 11th annual Summer Pops Series. Mumm enjoys playing classical, jazz and Broadway standards to revelers in Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. The five-show run ends on July 3 with an Independence Day spectacular. Joanne Spataro, Correspondent
Both my parents are musicians with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, so music has been something I’ve grown up with. I played everything from the violin to piano to viola and I sang in a kid’s chorus, but nothing really grabbed me until I saw the harp. I would sit in on rehearsals at the Met when my parents would play. I had to beg for a couple of years to make my parents buy me a harp and start harp lessons. Since then, there was no looking back. (Harp) was also different from what my family played. My mom’s a violinist, who is now a professor of violin at Montclair State University, my dad’s a violist, and my brother’s a cellist. Harp was something unique.