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Kansas Public Radio discusses 'American Rapture' with Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare

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Interview with KPR's Michael Keelan

Azica Records recently released; American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Kondonassis. Also included are Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work, to depict rapture not as a religious event, but as an experience of extreme human emotion.

Stare and Kondonassis talked with Kansas Public Radio's Michael Keelan recently about the recording.
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