Imagine the dramatic and beautiful sounds floating from the giant harp onstage through the concert hall right to your ears - and now imagine the excitement of hearing a new work written just for our soloist by Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon!
You are truly in for treat.
Harp Concerto - FMSO participated in the commission of this new piece featuring harpist YOLANDA KONDONASSIS
Symphony No. 4 "The Inextinguishable"
HIGDON HARP PREMIERE
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall
It’s a good thing music doesn’t contain calories - because there is a LOT of rich and delicious fare on this concert program. From the light-as-air confection of a harp & flute duet (with orchestra accompaniment), to the novelty of a brand new work for solo harp and orchestra, to the towering “Inextinguishable” Symphony No. 4 by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, you will leave the concert hall full to the brim.
We are fortunate to have world-class harpist Yolanda Kondonassis joining us on stage - she is the best-known harpist in the world today, with more than twenty recordings and countless awards. She is also a champion of new music, and initiated this commission project with two-time Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. Fargo-Moorhead Symphony was one of several orchestras that pitched in on the commission fee to make this piece possible, and this will be its Regional Premiere performance.
Finally, Danish cultural hero Carl Nielsen does his best to express, through music, "that which is inextinguishable.” In his notes for the symphony, Nielsen refers to "the elemental will to live.” A piece full of emotional drama, written after World War I, it often features musical ideas being tossed around the various sections of the orchestra, akin to the intensity of a sandbag line. The “dueling timpani” across the stage from each other is almost worth the entire ticket! If you would like to read more about Carl Nielsen and his incredible musical style, this New Yorker article by music critic Alex Ross is an excellent read. To give it a listen ahead of time, this is a great version!