CONCERT ARTISTS

OUR 105TH SEASON

2017-2018

 

Yolanda Kondonassis, Harp, & Jason Vieaux, Guitar
Sunday, April 8, 2018
3 p.m.
Memorial Hall
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. With “a range of colour that’s breathtaking” (Gramophone), she has been hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), with “a dazzling technique unfailingly governed by impeccable musical judgment” (Detroit News). She has appeared around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, her many passions are woven into a vibrant and multi-faceted career.

With hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes twenty titles and her 2008 release, Air (Telarc), was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her latest album, Ginastera: One Hundred, celebrates Ginastera’s 2016 centennial and was released in October 2016 on Oberlin Music. Her many albums have earned universal critical praise as she continues to be a pioneering force in the harp world, striving to push the boundaries of what listeners expect of the harp.

The recipient of two Solo Recitalists Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2011 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, Kondonassis has been featured on CNN and PBS as well as Sirius/XM Radio’s Symphony Hall, NPR’s All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Performance Today. In addition to her active solo, chamber music and recording schedule, Kondonassis heads the harp departments at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and presents masterclasses around the world.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and earned a place on NPR’s “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far)” for Vieaux’s recording of “Zapateado.”

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

“A joy from top to bottom … [they] deserve to be termed magicians for the way they shaped phrases with natural fluidity, grace and, when required, fiery drama.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

PROGRAM

Sonata for Harp and Guitar, Op. 374: “Spirit of Trees” ……..Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)
Andante cantabile – Maestoso rubato
     Canon: Allegro
     Andante maestoso – Fuga: Allegro – Andante grazioso
     Moderato – Allegro con spirito
     Andante appassionato

Prelude and Allegro, BWV 998.………………………………..Johann Sebastian Bach (1927-1994)
Mr. Vieaux, guitar

Suite Magica Máximo.…………………………………………….Diego Pujol (b. 1957)
Prelude
     Vals
     Tango
     Candombé

INTERMISSION

Message in a Bottle (world premiere) ………………………..Kinan Abou-Afach (b. 1977)

Chanson dans la nuit………………………………………………Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)
Ms. Kondonassis, harp

Fantasia.……………………………………………………………….Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)
Claroscuro
     Cadencial
     Brasilado