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Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis Premieres Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto

Jennifer Higdon, Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare
Photo: yolandaharp.com

"American Rapture"Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ward Stare recently collaborated on the album "American Rapture."  The release includes the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis (Update: the piece won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition).  Also on this album are the Symphony No. 1 in One Movement by Samuel Barber and another world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture."    

I had the pleasure of talking with Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare about the music and their work with Jennifer Higdon. 

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, VPM Music