Described as the “Yo Yo Ma of the harp,” Bridget Kibbey opens the NBSO’s new season with Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto – a piece that takes the instrument’s capabilities to the extreme, making it sound at times like a zither as well as a bass guitar. The NBSO follows with its full forces, performing Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony – a journey that begins with a dark funeral march and ends with a thousand-sun explosion of the joy of being alive.
With a passion for expanding the scope and platform of the harp, Bridget spearheads and tours cross-genre collaborations that reignite an ancient instrument. She recently traveled across the country with a special appearance at the Colombian Embassy with Chalaca, a new trio exploring the cross-pollination of folk music in South America, alongside Colombian clarinetist Benito Meza, and percussionist Samuel Torres. Bridget spear-headed a five orchestra concerto-commissioning consortium with Juno-Award winning composer Vivian Fung, and performed five world-premiere performances with The Karlsruhe Badische Symphoniker (Germany), The Phillips Camerata in Washington, DC, The Alabama Symphony, The San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble. Last season Bridget announced a new concerto consortium, with participating orchestras launching performance in 2019/2020, featuring a new harp concerto by Brazilian-born João Luiz Rezende.
Bridget maintains harp studios at Bard Conservatory, The Juilliard School Pre-College Program, and The Curtis Young Artist Institute.
Pre-concert talk: All are invited to the Penler Space at 6:30PM to hear Yaniv Dinur speak about the evening’s program.