Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis announces the premiere performance series of Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, written for and to be premiered by Kondonassis with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ward Stare in May 10 and 12, 2018.
The premiere series of performances will continue with Yolanda Kondonassis as soloist throughout 2018 and 2019 with consortium members the Harrisburg Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and Baton Rouge Symphony. The consortium was designed to bring the work to both large and small communities in a variety of geographic regions.
The commissioning project is led by Kondonassis, with the goal of advancing the evolution of solo harp repertoire. Jennifer Higdon’s colorful musical language and mastery of writing for unusual instruments in a highly idiomatic manner made her the artist’s choice to write for the unique qualities of her instrument. The concerto is approximately twenty minutes in length and is scored for full orchestra and solo harp. Kondonassis says of the project, “From the first time I ever heard Jennifer’s work, I have been mesmerized by her handling of unique sonorities and textures within both the orchestral and solo contexts. Her musical voice is distinct and I have always thought that she would be a perfect composer/advocate for the power and magic of the harp. I am so honored and excited to be helping bring this work to life.”