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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Program

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
     Fantaisie in A major, for violin and harp, op. 124 (composed 1907)

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
     Three Romances, op. 22 (composed 1853)
         Andante molto
         Allegretto: Mit zartem Vortrage
         Leidenschaftlich schnell

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
     Sonata in G Minor, H 542.5 (composed around 1734)
         Allegro
         Adagio
         Allegro

INTERMISSION

Libby Larsen (born 1950)
     Sun Strider for Violin and Harp (composed 2022)
         World Premiere, co-commissioned by Chamber Music Columbus and
         The Schubert Club

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704)
         Mystery Sonata no. 1 (“Annunciation”) (composed around 1674)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
         Vocalise-Étude (composed 1935)
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
         Madrigales amatorios (composed 1948)
John Dowland (1563?-1626)
         Flow my Teares (composed 1600)

Sebastian Currier (born 1959)
     Night Time (composed 1998)
         Dusk
         Sleepless
         Vespers
         Nightwind
         Starlight

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