Backstage Pass with Kathleen Bride & Caroline Leonardelli

(Rochester, NY) – Julia Figueras welcomes harpists Kathleen Bride and Caroline Leonardelli to the Henry Epstein studio for a heavenly Backstage Pass on Monday, February 9 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5. Bride joined the Eastman faculty in 1989 as only the third professor of harp since the School’s founding in 1921. Leonadelli is a French-Canadian harpist known for her orchestral, choral, chamber, pedagogical, and recorded work. They perform together and share with Julia what they've been up to.

In addition to her extensive teaching and performance activities, Bride has served as juror for the International Harp Contest (Israel), the USA International Harp Competition, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Quebec Concours. Bride is a member of the visiting faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and has conducted numerous master classes throughout the U.S. and Britain. Prior to her appointment at Eastman, she was chairman of the harp department at Manhattan School of Music. She has been artist in residence at both the Universities of Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Leonadelli's solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or small ensemble. She received Canada Council of the Arts mid career award for preparation of the repertoire for her, latest recording, Impressions de France. Leonadelli is known for her passionate and bold interpretations of French and 20th century repertoire.  

Backstage Pass is a monthly live performance program that gives listeners the backstage experience of meeting local and visiting artists. An encore of this broadcast will air on Sunday, February 15  at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

1. Pictured: Caroline Leonardelli
2. Pictured: Kathleen Bride


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