Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony bring a ‘Heavenly Harp’ to the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall this Saturday through Monday, as Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins them for Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane, and the Harp Concerto by Alberto Ginastera. Rounding out the program are Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie, and the Suites from Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel.
There’s more information about the concerts at the Santa Rosa Symphony website.
Ferrandis was inspired to program the concert by his friend, who is principal harpist with the Berlin Philharmonic. “Why did I invite Marie-Pierre? Not only because she’s a great harpist and a great player, but also because she’s the first harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. So I said to myself, ‘Why not have my friend, the best, (or one of the best) harp players in the world come to Santa Rosa?'” She will be playing the piece that took Alberto Ginastera so many years to write (ultimately with the advice of the Spanish harpist Nicanor Zabaleta, who ended up playing the premiere) that the player who commissioned it had retired from her position with the Philadelphia Orchestra by the time it was done. Langlamet’s personality inspired the operatic programming of Rossini, and the French take on the subject of ancient gods in the Debussy led Ferrandis to include Daphnis and Chloe.