American orchestras have come under fire recently for not playing enough music by women composers. But this week the Rochester Philharmonic presented an important voice. On Thursday night, Ward Stare conducted the world premiere of a new harp concerto by American composer Jennifer Higdon.
Here's how it came to be.
Fifteen years ago, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis was backstage getting ready to play a concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. She was trying to focus when she heard “Blue Cathedral” by Jennifer Higdon.