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Jennifer Higdon - Yolanda Kondonassis are on a mission with new harp concerto / CITYPULSE

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Friday night January 11, the Lansing Symphony will take part in the multi-city premiere of a new concerto by one of the world's foremost classical composers, Jennifer Higdon, performed by the most formidable harpist in the world, Yolanda Kondonassis. This stellar convergence could have happened in Chicago, L.A. or New York, but local bragging rights are not the point. These two women are on a mission. Against steep odds, Higdon is body-checking Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to become a vital presence on the world's concert halls, to the tune of some 500 performances a year. A fearsome, athletic harpist, Kondonassis is out to demolish her instrument's genteel image, even if she has to commission new music to do it.

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