Of Note: Expressing American Rapture with Fluid, Childlike Composition

Jul 31, 2019

Yolanda Kondonassis
Credit Mark Battrell

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis’ newest album “dreams, soars and levitates” through an intricately flowing compositional architecture with the inclusion of a newly commissioned harp concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

“The idea was the interplay and the precociousness, and the childlike wonder,” Kondonassis elaborates on how Higdon encompassed her emotions in the composition. “She really impressed upon us that this is fluid and full of wonder, rather than the somnambulant kind of experience.”

Kondonassis’ album “American Rapture” expands upon how North American compositions have developed through three generations and features the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Ward Stare.

Listen to the full interview between Kondonassis, Stare and Of Note’s Katy Henriksen with the streaming link above.