Inaugural Ball Governor JB Pritzer

William Close performs at the Inaugural Ball for Governor JB Pritzker, as Pritzker is sworn in as 43rd Governor of Illinois.

JB Pritzker was sworn in as the 43rd governor of Illinois on Monday. William Close performed at his inaugural ball with his famed Earth Harp.

Celebratory Inaugural Ball

Pritzker ushered in his administration with talk of hope and kindness and promise to get things done for the people, as well as the need to work together to deal with the challenges facing Illinois. Pritzker capped off the night with celebratory Inaugural Ball, a lavish party to usher in a new day.

With over 1,000 people in attendance, the ball raised at least $250,000 for charities. One of the charities is the Illinois State Fair Foundation; the other is Cabrini Green Legal Aid, which helps low income Chicagoans maneuver the legal system. The Ball took place at the Exposition Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, where party-goers were shelling out $250 apiece to be a part of the celebration.

Inaugural Ball Governor JB Pritzer

Inaugural Ball Governor JB Pritzer

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago and his work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “architecture is frozen music”, Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. The Earth Harp has been installed in some of the most iconic destinations in the world such as The Coliseum in Rome, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center in the US, The Seattle Space Needle, the temples of Vietnam, Grand Theater of Shanghai International Arts Festival, Brazil’s Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, The Dhow Harbour in Qatar, and major US festivals like Coachella, Bumbershoot, Burning Man and Lightning In A Bottle.

Earth Harp Installations

Close has also created a couple permanent Earth Harp installations, one as part of Cirque du Soleil’s show “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the other as part of a 1,300 seat theater aboard the Royal Caribbean International’s ship Quantum of the Seas. William is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Earth Harp Collective, an internationally renowned performance group that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, dancers and aerialists.

Corporate Events and Private Parties

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective are available for corporate event bookings and private shows. William Close has been creating innovative musical experiences in the private event market for over 20 years. He has worked with major corporations to deliver a powerful, high class, musical component that works with the themes and messages of each unique event. William and his Earth Harp Collective have been an integral part of many opening & closing sessions, cocktail and dinner concerts.