Originally Published: January 9, 2014 6 a.m.
Premier solo harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will be featured Sunday, Jan. 12, when the Phoenix Symphony performs at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
The concert opens with George Enescu's gypsy-folk music inspired "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1." Kondonassis will then take center stage with her harp to present an interpretation of Ginestra's "Concerto for Harp and Orchestra."
A Grammy-nominated artist, Kondonassis' has gained praise as a pioneering force in the harp world. In a recent interview, she said, "Certainly the harp can be heavenly - and should be at times - but that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this incredible instrument."
The second half of the concert features Beethoven's world-renowned and fateful "Fifth Symphony," which will be the latest of several Beethoven pieces the Phoenix Symphony has presented in Prescott in recent concerts.
JoAnn Falletta will be the guest conductor for Sunday's concert. She serves as the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she is principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and also is principal guest conductor for the Phoenix Symphony.
Under her direction since 1999, the Buffalo Philharmonic has become one of the most recorded orchestras in America. Her recordings for Naxos, the largest classical music recording label, have received two Grammy awards and 10 Grammy nominations.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to experience the baton of Ms. Falletta," Arlon Inman, president of the Yavapai Symphony Association, said. "She has guest-conducted more than a hundred orchestras in North America, and now we have the opportunity to host her in Prescott."
The Yavapai Symphony Association sponsors the Phoenix Symphony performances in Prescott. Tickets for Sunday's concert, which begins at 3 p.m., range from $28 to $39 and are available only from the symphony association's office, 228 N. Alarcon St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the Friday before each Sunday concert. Patrons can also buy tickets over the phone by calling 776-4255 for will call pick up at the Performing Arts Center box office beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Tickets will be available from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at the box office on concert day.
A pre-concert lecture will take place at 2 p.m. Full-time college students can buy any available concert tickets for $10 and elementary or secondary students and accompanying adults can receive complimentary tickets to concerts as long as row B orchestra seats are available.