Yolanda Kondonassis, Harpist
Yolanda Kondonassis with Jennifer Higdon. Photo by Amanda Sachs. download

New American Works: Yolanda Kondonassis

Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Premiered on May 10, 2018 with the Rochester Philharmonic led by Ward Stare, Commissioned by

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.

“…there was something prayerful about Kondonassis’s playing, particularly in the quieter moments… …Sonically, the presence of Kondonassis’s harp seemed to signify magic at work, in the throes of a hectic and sobering reality, as played by the orchestra… Kondonassis’s mystical harp began a gorgeous dialogue with solo viola, before flute, cello, melodic percussion, and additional woodwinds joined the interplay.”

Daniel J. Kushner, Rochester City Newspaper, May 11, 2018

LISTEN to an interview with Kondonassis and Higdon and Stare, speaking with Julia Figueras on WXXI Classical 91.5 on the world premiere of Higdon’s Harp Concerto.

LISTEN to an interview with Harp Column Podcast host Kristina Finch on Yolanda’s collaboration with Jennifer Higdon

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