Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis’ New Album Features Powerful, Whimsical Harp Concerto by Jennifer Higdon

HARPIST YOLANDA KONDONASSIS’ NEW ALBUM AMERICAN RAPTURE FEATURES THE WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNER JENNIFER HIGDON'S HARP CONCERTO, A PIECE THAT IS DEEPLY PERSONAL TO BOTH ARTISTS. Lansing's City Pulse describes the concerto as, "a sweet-tart, crystalline delight, glittering with extra percussion," while Rochester's CITY Newspaper notes, “Higdon was keen to showcase the harp's naturally rich... read more

New Release: RPO’s “American Rapture” Features Music of Higdon, Barber, and Harlin

Date: May 22, 2019 Timothy Judd, The Listeners Club. Click here for the original review. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare have released a new album of American music on the Azica label. American Rapture contains two world premiere recordings—Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto (2018) featuring the American harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and Patrick Harlin’s Rapture (2011), an orchestral showpiece inspired... read more

Rochester Philharmonic releases album featuring Yolanda Kondonassis

Date: May 20, 2019 Harp Column. Click here for the original review. The world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Harp, performed by Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is featured on the orchestra’s new album American Rapture, released May 17. Under conductor Ward Stare, the recording also includes Barber’s Symphony No. 1... read more

Rochester Philharmonic releases album featuring Yolanda Kondonassis

Date: May 20, 2019 Harp Column. Click here for the original review. The world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Harp, performed by Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is featured on the orchestra’s new album American Rapture, released May 17. Under conductor Ward Stare, the recording also includes Barber’s Symphony No.... read more

American Rapture

Date: May 20, 2019 Tal Agam, The Classical Review. Click here for the original review. This American-centric program contains two world premiere recordings; Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto, written and dedicated to soloist Yolanda Kondonassis, and Patrick Harlin’s “Rapture” for a symphonic orchestra. In between these new contemporary pieces, we have a performance of... read more

Ward Stare to leave RPO in 2021

Date: May 13, 2019 Randy Gorbman, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article Ward Stare will be stepping down from his position as music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of the summer 2021. Stare announced his decision to the board late last week, and to the... read more

American Rapture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Maggie Stapleton | Jensen Artists 646.536.7864 x2 | [email protected] Radio Contact: Max Horowitz | Crossover Media [email protected]  Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis   New Album American Rapture World Premiere Recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Ward Stare, Music Director    Release Date: May 17,... read more

RPO performs ‘Cosi fan tutte’

Date: May 10, 2019 David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. Love triangles are not rare in opera, but “Così fan tutte” presents a love rectangle: two rather naïve sisters suddenly find themselves attracted to each other’s fiancé when, to win a bet, the men assume a disguise and... read more