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Bridget Kibbey named Artistic Director of Music at Our Saviour's Atonement

Posted July 13, 2022

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First Season of Programming Begins Fall 2022


When Music at Our Saviour's Atonement (MOSA) returns this fall for its 20th season of concerts, programming will be in new hands, as today MOSA announced the appointment of renowned harpist Bridget Kibbey as Artistic Director. Series founder and Artistic Director-emeritus James Noyes is stepping aside to pursue new career opportunities.

Called "the Yo-Yo Ma of the harp" by Vogue senior editor Corey Seymour, Bridget first appeared on MOSA this past May, as part of Carnegie Hall's Citywide program which provides free concerts at venues in all five boroughs. The concert had originally been scheduled for April 2020, and was the first concert presented by MOSA in more than two years. 

"I happen to live a few blocks away from the church, but hadn't been inside before the Citywide concert," Bridget notes. "From the moment I walked in, it was apparent that this is a special space...truly an acoustic gem for live music." 

Details for the season will be announced at a later date, but in the works is a series of six concerts between October and May 2023 on Sundays at 5pm. Two of the concerts will continue MOSA's collaboration with Carnegie Hall Citywide. Concerts will be 60-75 minutes long without intermission and feature musicians drawn from Kibbey's network of colleagues and collaborators in the fields of classical, jazz, and world music who also live in Northern Manhattan. New this season will be MOSA-sponsored after-parties, featuring local restaurant vendors, allowing audiences and artists to connect." 

"We have the wonderful opportunity to connect neighbors to the highest level of performances by musicians who make Northern Manhattan their home, and who also happen to be some of the best musicians in the world within the classical, Latin Jazz, Jazz and global spheres."
 

To celebrate the appointment, we invite the MOSA community to a meet and greet with Bridget this coming Monday, July 18 from 6-7:30pm at North End Food Hall (4300 Broadway at W 183rd Street). 

 

About Bridget Kibbey

Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. As a soloist and collaborator with today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize and elevate the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. 

As The New York Times says, “…she made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”

Kibbey has received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant. She is the winner of the Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, the Concert Artists Guild competition, and the Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership. She is a graduate of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), and is featured annually with the CMSLC. She made her NPR TinyDesk debut in 2020, her debut album “Love is Come Again,” was listed as a top ten debut by TimeOut NY, and she’s been featured as soloist on Front Row Washington, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, WQXR, WRTI, among others.

With the harp as her muse, Bridget Kibbey is sought after for her keen curatorial ideas through music. She currently tours several projects of her own conception — ranging from French Masterworks of the Belle Époque, to the riches of Baroque Counterpoint, to popular folk music from South America to Sephardic and Persian traditions.

This coming season, Kibbey is the Artist in Residence at the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, presenting multiple concerts over the season. She will appear as soloist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well being featured in notable series across North America and Canada.

Kibbey’s 2021/22 season was a cornucopia of cross-genre projects, via series and festivals across the United States, including La Jolla, the Savannah Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall’s CityWide. She presents concertinos of Debussy, Ravel, Caplet alongside solo works of Debussy and Ravel at the La Jolla and Savannah Music Festivals. She performs her own adaptations of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerti and sonatas re-imagined alongside the Dover Quartet. She tours duo recitals with the Iranian Singer Mahsa Vahdat, exploring the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, and Vahdat; and in a new partnership with violinist Alexi Kenney, the duo explores the most virtuosic to the most intimate, in works of Bach, Dowland, Saint-Saëns, Falla, Currier.

Also during the 2021/22 season, Carnegie Hall presented Kibbey as bandleader/soloist in her Bach to Brazil project via Citywide, their free concert series that celebrates the sounds from around the globe that make New York City so vibrant. Bach to Brazil includes newly-commissioned works that highlight the Nuevo Latino luminaries living in NYC alongside the folk masters that inspired them in a mash-up of maracatú, frevo, chorinho, bossa nova, joropo, tango, and cumbia from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela. Kibbey performed with Latin Grammy-winning percussionist Samuel Torres, and clarinetist Louis Arques.

During this season and next Bridget Kibbey will delve into her passion for Brazilian popular music with a new harp concerto by Brazilian composer João Luiz Rezende, performing with A Far Cry in Boston’s Jordan Hall. The concerto for harp, strings, and percussion explores the evolution of the dance forms maracatú and frevo from Pernambuco, Brazil. It has been commissioned by four American Orchestras and premiered with the Orlando Philharmonic and Music Director Eric Jacobsen in fall 2019.

Kibbey has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals across the globe, including Schloss Elmau, Pelotas Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, International Festival d’Avesnois, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Big Ears Knoxville, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Savannah Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, among others.

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