String Theory At The Hunter To Welcome Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Friday, January 3, 2014

String Theory at the Hunter will present its third concert of the season featuring its first ever harpist, Bridget Kibbey, on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Joining her will be violinist Kristin Lee and percussionist John Hadfield. 

String Theory, founded by Artistic Director Gloria Chien in 2009, is a chamber music series presented in partnership with the Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University. Musicians from around the world join Chien to perform in the intimate setting of the Hunter.

The performance will include selections such as Templehouse, an original by Kibbey, American Dervish and Pak Klong, originals by Hadfield, along with Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie and Asparani Bar, a traditional Armenian piece.  

Ms. Kibbey is fast gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances. She is featured each year with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble, and often performs with the Knights Chamber Orchestra and world music trio MAYA. 

She is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of the Concert Artist Guild’s 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. 

Ms. Lee has been praised by The Strad for her “rare stylistic aptness” and “mastery of tone and rare mood in a performer of any age.” She enjoys a career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and is equally noted for her growing reputation in collaborations with various genres of music.

Winner of 2010 Astral Artists Auditions and 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, Ms. Lee has appeared as soloist with St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, and the Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, among others.

Mr. Hadfield’s varied expertise has allowed him to perform with a broad range of ensembles and artists including Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC and more. Bringing together distinct domains of expertise and traditions –including, but not limited to classical percussion, Hindustani and Carnatic music, jazz, rock, and electronic music, Hadfield has developed unique ways of performing with multiple percussion instruments simultaneously. 

Mr. Hadfield is currently on the Jazz faculty of New York University, where he teaches drum set and the World Percussion Ensemble. 

Prior to the concert, Ms. Chien will host “Musical Dialogues” at 6 p.m., featuring an in-depth conversation with the performers about their lives, inspirations, and the masterpieces being performed.

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Hunter members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students with a valid student ID and $25 for groups of 20 or more people. 

For more information on String Theory at the Hunter or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org.


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