Bridget Kibbey, Harpist, Alexi Kenney, Violinist
and Libby Larsen, Composer
Bridget Kibbey, Harpist
November 5, 2022 – 4:00 pm @ Southern Theatre
Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. As a soloist and collaborator with today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize and elevate the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music.
Alexi Kenney, Violinist
The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Alexi Kenney is building a career that defies categorization, following his interests, intuition, and heart. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, as a soloist with major orchestras in the USA and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time.
In tandem with the recent audio release of X Suite, Alexi has released a visual album filmed by Mike Grittani at the stunning Donum Estate in Sonoma, California, which pairs each of the seven movements of X Suite with seven contemporary sculptures by Doug Aitken, Louise Bourgeois, Gao Weigang, Subodh Gupta, Jeppe Hein, Richard Hudson, and Jaume Plensa.
Libby Larsen, Composer
In her own words, composer Libby Larsen expresses, “Music exists in an infinity of sound. I think of all music as existing in the substance of the air itself. It is the composer’s task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music.” Premiering November 5, 2022, Larsen’s commission for Chamber Music Columbus is sure to impress as she makes sense of sound, in time and space with the creative instrumentation of harp (played by Bridget Kibbey) and violin (played by Alexi Kenney). Larsen’s inspiration is drawn from sounds she hears in her everyday life and rhythms are drawn from the cadence of the American language.