Bard Conservatory of Music
Harp Professor, Bridget Kibbey, makes NYTimes List of Best Classical Moments of the Week
Harp Does Organ?
As with Handel’s “Messiah,” it’s impossible to imagine a Christmas season without performances of Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” by every church with a boys choir. On Thursday, 15 boys of the Saint Thomas Choir on Fifth Avenue, accompanied by harpist Bridget Kibbey and under the direction of Daniel Hyde, gave a tender, cleanly executed account of Britten’s beguilingly modest piece. But the surprise of the program came at the start, when Ms. Kibbey played her own transcription of Bach’s dark and restless Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ. Say again? This mighty organ piece played on a harp? It was remarkable. Yes, you missed the organ’s body-shaking low-bass pedal tones. But the gossamer colorings and improvisatory fervor of Ms. Kibbey’s account hooked me. Here she is playing this transcription in 2015. Catch the Lisztian passage early on when Ms. Kibbey creates a hazy tangle of swirling notes. ANTHONY TOMMASINI