TCCA presents harpist Bridget Kibbey |

TCCA presents harpist Bridget Kibbey

A solo harp? When Twin Cities Concert Association (soon to be InConcert Sierra) artistic director Ken Hardin suggested harpist Bridget Kibbey to round out the 2009-10 third-Sunday season schedule of concerts, the immediate response was “Really? Just harp?” It turned out to be a brilliant idea.

Bridget Kibbey recently won the Concert Artists Guild award and her career has soared to new heights. One of few who has reached an extreme level of masterful harp performance, she has been traveling the globe presenting works for solo harp. “We’ve received many calls inquiring about Bridget playing on our series,” Hardin said. “Some incredulous, such as ‘are you really having Bridget Kibbey?'”

Kibbey will be presenting a variety of her favorite works. Her performance will showcase some of the best gems in the harp repertoire including “L’ Egyptienne,” by Jean-Philippe Rameau; “Une Chatelaine en sa Tour,” by Gabriel Faure; “Fantasie,” by Louis Spohr; and “Suite for Harp” by Benjamin Britten.

In the second half of her program she will explore works composed for classical harp influenced by bluegrass and Celtic roots, Venezuelan choros, and Hungarian music.

This is the first time TCCA has presented a harp concert. The last performance to include harp was in 1998 with Wendy Tamis, harp and Laurel Zucker, flute.

“It’s much more common to hear a harp and guitar or harp and flute concert,” says Hardin. “This will be my first experience for solo harp in performance also.

Our audience loves solo piano. One way to look at this concert is that the harp is basically a vertical piano with it’s strings strummed and plucked instead of struck by hammers, and by someone who has spent their life learning how to play it beautifully. I’m really looking forward to it.”

There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. with Aileen James and a reception following the concert to meet Ms. Kibbey.

Kibbey will also give a master class from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The class is limited to eight participants at $40 each and 20 spectators at $15 each. It’s not every day you get to have a class or watch a class from one of the world’s best harpists. Call (530) 273-3990 for more information or registration.

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