Series Spotlights Celebrated Harpist
Bridget Kibbey kicks off Drew University’s da Camera concert series on Sep. 14.
MADISON, NJ—Celebrated chamber musician Bridget Kibbey will kick off Drew University’s 2012-13 da Camera concert series on September 14 with a program of highly anticipated new compositions for solo harp, all of which will receive their New Jersey premiere at the 8:00 p.m. event. Kibbey’s performance is the first in a series of seven exciting concerts that will be held in Drew’s intimate Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
The musician, whose popularity is on the rise among chamber music enthusiasts, says her work is a reimagination of the harp geared toward making it an exciting instrument for solo performances.
“The harp’s expressive range is very vast, its color palate is wide and its emotional capabilities are expansive,” she says. “It can get you dancing, get you crying and get you singing. This show will make you do all three.”
Kibbey is a past recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2007 winner of the Concert Artist Guild’s International Competition and Astral Artist Audition. She is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s (CMS) ensemble for emerging young stars and has performed on several occasions under the society’s auspices. Her performances of original music have been lauded by the media, including the New York Times, which wrote that “her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”
The September 14 program will feature original scores by composers from the New York City region whose works are inspired by their individual background, says Kibbey. These composers include Paquito D’Rivera, Kati Agocs, Kinan Azmeh, Du Yun, Susie Ibarra and David Bruce—whose works represent cultural elements from British, Canadian, Chinese, Cuban, pan-Asian and Syrian music.
“The New York Metropolitan area is a rich blend of incredible cultures,” says Kibbey. “I wanted my performance to highlight them and to offer these composers a chance to dialogue through the harp about what inspires them.”
In addition, Kibbey will perform Templehouse, an original piece that she composed following a culturally immersive experience in France.
For Kibbey, returning to Drew to perform in the concert hall is a homecoming of sorts since she appeared there several times previously with the CMS and recently used the hall as a recording studio for her new album.
“I was thrilled to encounter the concert hall through my involvement with the CMS, thanks to Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han,” she says. “I was immediately mesmerized by its warm, beautiful, natural resonance. It was the perfect place to record my solo album.”
Series subscriptions to the seven-concert da Camera season and single-event tickets are available through the Drew University Box Office, which can be reached at 973.408.3917. Subscriptions are $98. Single-event tickets to the September 14 performance are $20 for the general public and $10 for students with a valid ID. For more information about Bridget Kibbey’s performance and the 2012-13 da Camera lineup, please visit www.drew.edu/community.