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RPO & Ward Stare up for 2 Grammys

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“Higdon: Harp Concerto,” featuring the classical harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and conducted by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ward Stare, has been nominated for a Grammy.

Wednesday’s announcements included “Higdon: Harp Concerto” not only for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, but earned Higdon a nomination for Best Classical Composition as well.

The RPO was one of several orchestras that commissioned the piece from composer Jennifer Higdon, with the world premiere at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre last year, a performance featuring Kondonassis –an Oklahoma native who is perhaps the most-recorded harpist on the scene today – and the RPO.

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is Jan. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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