String Theory at the Hunter, in partnership with Lee University and the Hunter Museum of American Art, will open its 14th season on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., with duo pairing Alexi Kenney and Bridget Kibbey.
“Avery Fisher career grant recipients and innovators on their instruments, Mr. Kenney, violin, and Ms. Kibbey, harp, will delight audiences with a genre-bending program including Ms. Kibbey’s own adaptations for harp and treasured chamber music selections,” said Gloria Chien, String Theory artistic director. “A ‘musician to watch’ (New York Times) and ‘the Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,’ (Vogue) these artists artfully intermingle intimacy and virtuosity to create musical alchemy.”
Mr. Kenney and Ms. Kibbey will perform Saint-Saëns’s Fantaisie for Violin & Harp, Bach’s G Minor Sonata, Biber’s Mystery Sonata, Messiaen’s Vocalise-Etude; Dowland’s Flow My Tears, Rodrigo’s Madrigales Amatorios, and Currier’s Night Time Suite.
Mr. Kenney is a classical violinist who performs solo, orchestral, and chamber music. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, soloing with major orchestras in the United States and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time. In addition to the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Ms. Kibbey is a soloist and chamber musician known for her innovative performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. She has appeared in festivals across the globe and collaborated with some of today’s top artists. Ms. Kibbey has received a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant and is the winner of the Premiere Prix at the Journeìes de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, the Concert Artists Guild competition, and Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership.
Musical Dialogues will take place at 6 p.m., where Dr. Chien will engage the artists in an informal interview about their interpretations of the music, their experiences as professional musicians performing all over the world, and other fun tidbits that make the performance personal.
Tickets are on sale now through Oct. 11 and are $45 for general admission, $35 for Hunter members, and $10 for students and music teachers.
String Theory was founded in 2009 by Dr. Chien to expose new audiences to chamber music, invigorate the local classical music scene, and cultivate a future generation of music lovers.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit stringtheorymusic.org or call 414-2525.