Performance Today

Higdon's Harp Concerto

Composer Jennifer HigdonSarah R. Bloom

May 22, 2019

American composer Jennifer Higdon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto. Now she's written a new piece for solo harp and orchestra. On this episode of Performance Today, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic play Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jake Heggie: Camille Claudel: Into the Fire Movement 1: Rodin
Joyce DiDonato, soprano; Brentano String Quartet
Into the Fire (Live at Wigmore Hall)
Erato NA

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture
Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Piano Puzzler w/ Bruce Adolphe: This week's contestant is Steven B. from Honolulu, Hawaii

Josef Haydn: Quartet in B minor, Op. 64 No. 2
Brentano String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Carlos Salzedo: Bolero and Rumba
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
Salzedo's Harp
Telarc 80691

Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands (selections)
Michael Brown, piano; Wu Han, piano
U of GA Performing Arts Center / CMSLC, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Enrique Crespo: Vals Peruano
Canadian Brass
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Jennifer Higdon: Harp Concerto
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Ward Stare, conductor
American Rapture
Azica 71327