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HVG Performing Arts Group: Bridget Kibby

World renowned harpist Bridget Kibby explores some of her favorite composers, showcasing the expressive range of her instrument by transforming her harp into an organ, guitar, and an oud. The program features works by Albeniz, J.S. Bach, Britten, Debussy, and Fauré in her own transcriptions, as well as original masterworks for the concert harp.

Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue Magazine, Ms. Kibbey “makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the energetic figures and gorgeous colors she was getting from it [The New York Times].”

Kibbey illuminates the powerful expressive range of the harp by placing it center stage. She appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician at festivals and series across the globe, from Lincoln Center and the Aspen Music Festival to Schloss Elmau in Germany and International Festival d’Avesnois in France. Kibbey has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

Classical Piano Concert with Rachel Naomi Kudo at Holy Trinity Church

Pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo performs at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, on Saturday, March 18, 7-8 PM. Following her orchestral debut with the Chicago and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, Rachel has performed as both soloist and chamber musician at the Bachfest in Leipzig, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland, Tivoli International Festival in Denmark, Bergen International Festival in Norway, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.

She is a recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, a Davidson Fellow Laureate of the Davidson Institute of Talent Development, and the Salon de Virtuosi Grant. Additionally, she earned scholarships from the National YoungArts Foundation and Rohm Music Foundation, and has won numerous top prizes at the U.S. National Chopin Competition in Miami, and a finalist diploma at the 15th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

Born in Washington, D.C., to Japanese-Korean parents, Rachel began her studies with Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. After spending her childhood in Japan, she returned to Chicago to pursue a musical life, playing chamber music and violin in her high school orchestra, appearing on From the Top on NPR, also studying with Kum-Sing Lee in Vancouver, Canada.

Stay to enjoy light refreshments and meet Rachel.

Suggested donation of $25 or pay what you can to support musicians.

Leadlights Ensemble: 7 PM – Audubon & 171st

March 16, 2023 at 7pm @ the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center (104 Haven Avenue, New York, NY), Room 401.

Leadlights Ensemble will present an opening screening of “Uptown at 7pm” in an event celebrating hospital and essential workers on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center (104 Haven Avenue, New York, NY), Room 401.

Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uptown-at-7pm-tickets-558442806467

A video compilation featuring the piece “7 PM – Audubon & 171st” by composer Evelyn Petcher Brandes, performed by the Washington Heights based Leadlights Ensemble, serves as a tribute to the community’s resilience during the pandemic. The music video – shot on location in Washington Heights – features scenes of both the 7pm applause and Leadlights Ensemble performing the piece “7 PM.” “Uptown at 7 PM” is sponsored by a 2022 NoMAA Small Grant for Individual Artists, made possible with the support of NewYork-Presbyterian and the Hispanic Federation.

The event will feature a performance and music video screening, accompanied by remarks and dessert. It is sponsored by Leadlights, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Tickets are free and open to the public.

**Note – advance registration and proof of vaccination is required by the venue for members of the public. Please bring your vaccination card – physical or electronic (staff of the medical facility are exempt)


Washington Heights Musical Society presents Le Voyageur

Sunday, February 7, 3:30 PMLe Voyageur

Holyrood Episcopal Church
179th St. at Ft. Washington Ave.

Bethany Naef Ammon, Manhattan School of Music Masters Graduate, will perform delightful works Ravel, Poulenc, and Berlioz in an all-French recital, accompanied by fellow MSM graduate George Hemcher on piano. Continue reading Washington Heights Musical Society presents Le Voyageur