Bridging musical genres – on the harp

Harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey to appear at the Quick Center for the Arts on February 8

Bridget KibbeyHarpist Bridget Kibbey, who has been setting the classical world ablaze with her genre-bending creativity, will perform at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 8.

Tickets are $35, $30 for the concert, which is sponsored, in part, by Sheaffer and the Westport Inn. For tickets, contact the Box Office at or (203) 254-4010.

Lauded for her enthralling artistry and virtuosity, Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multi-genre performances. As noted by The New York Times, she “makes it seem as though her instrument has been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”

“…harpist Kibbey, at once confident and delicate, displayed her instrument’s wide-ranging vocabulary for music, revealing ever-fluctuating tempos, lightning-fast leaps and the chordal richness of the piece,” wrote Ceclia Porter of The Washington Post.

Kibbey is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Classical Recording Foundation's 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Her debut album, “Love is Come Again,” was named one of 2007's Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw, on a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Luciano Berio’s folk songs. Her solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's “Performance Today,” and on New York's WQXR, WNYC's “Soundcheck,” WETA’s “Front Row Washington,” WRTI’s “Crossover,” and A&E's “Breakfast with the Arts.” She is also often featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble.

In addition to collaborating with stellar musicians from the classical and contemporary world, she has presented multiple performances of her recent solo project, “The Bridge Project,” a virtuosic, cultural smorgasbord for solo harp, with new works by composers who draw inspiration from their native cultures, most having immigrated to New York City from other countries.

Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She is on the harp faculties of Bard Conservatory, New York University, and the Juilliard Pre-College program.

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Posted on January 28, 2015

Vol. 47, No. 160

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