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Yolanda Kondonassis and Ward Stare discuss 'American Rapture' with classical radio

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Azica Records recently released American Rapture featuring harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Ward Stare. This album includes the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon's Harp Concerto, written for and dedicated to Yolanda Kondonassis; Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9; and the world premiere recording of Patrick Harlin's Rapture. The album is designed to highlight three generations of American composition and, as defined by Harlin in the context of his work, to depict rapture not as a religious event, but as an experience of extreme human emotion.

In conjunction with this album release, Yolanda Kondonassis and RPO Music Director: Ward Stare will speak with classical radio networks and stations throughout the US, TODAY. Watch for our tweets.