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Virtuoso Voices - Yolanda Kondonassis (Hovhaness World)

From: Listener Directed Productions, Inc.
Series: Virtuoso Voices(tm)
Length: :35

While Alan Hovhaness' music has a distinct and recognizable sound and texture, it's the sum of many different cultures and nationalities. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis says the multicultural aspects of his music make it all that more timely today. Use this 35 second clip to introduce Yolanda Kondonassis playing music by Alan Hovhaness.

Yolandakondonassis_small Alan Hovhaness' music has a distinct, immediately recognizable sound and texture. Some even categorize it as spiritual and a precursor of the "New Age" and "World Music" categories of the 1970's and 80's. It's the sum of many different cultures and nationalities, and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis says the multicultural origins of his music make it all that more timely today. Use this clip to enhance your introduction of Yolanda Kondonassis playing from any of her Hovhaness recordings, including her all-Hovhaness CD (Telarc 80530). We recommend the Sonata for Harp and "Spirit of Trees" (her personal favorite). Two works by Hovhaness are also on her "Sky Music" CD (Telarc 80418). http://ykharp.com/disc.html

SUGGESTED HOST INTRO
Alan Hovhaness (ho-VAH-ness) is one of several 20th century composers that harp player Yolanda Kondonassis (kahn-doe-NASS-sis) has championed. Along with the composer's distinctive sound, she says his roots run deep, and he has perfect timing.

CLIP TRANSCRIPT
"I think the reason that Hovhaness is experiencing a growing popularity is because we are becoming such a smaller planet and just about everything in our society is influenced by many cultures. And his music is such a mixture. There's a great Asian element, there's a little bit of a Middle Eastern element. His own nationality is Armenian and yet, it almost has an American, open, Copland-esque feeling sometimes. It's a beautiful blend and representative of our culture and our society right now."

SUGGESTED HOST OUTRO Composer Alan Hovhaness (ho-VAH-ness) was born in 1911. That was harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (kahn-doe-NASS-sis) describing how his music is still relevant in 2007. You'll hear how his mixture of styles works well with (insert music title).

(To download a .txt file of this suggested copy, look under the "Additional Files" for this piece.)


WHAT IS VIRTUOSO VOICES™?

Virtuoso Voices™ is a performer interview service that provides short interview segments to radio stations, their websites and other online platforms.

Virtuoso Voices provides stations with a new strategy for presenting classical music on the radio by directly involving the performer in the introduction of the music.  These topical and evergreen clips enable announcers to bring an additional insider's perspective to the music they introduce and play on their shifts.

Program content is taken from interviews with internationally recognized classical music performers, such as Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Michael Tilson Thomas.

For more information and to see additional ways to use these clips, please visit our website, www.virtuosovoices.org.


Virtuoso Voices™ Fundraising Service

Virtuoso Voices(tm) is also Public Radio's primary source for classical music fundraising messages.

Please visit the fundraising page of our website for examples and further information.  www.virtuosovoices.org/fundraising.


VIRTUOSO VOICES

"Classical Music's Virtuosos Want a Word with Your Listeners."

Virtuoso Voices is a trademark of Listener Directed Productions, Inc.

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Piece Description

Alan Hovhaness' music has a distinct, immediately recognizable sound and texture. Some even categorize it as spiritual and a precursor of the "New Age" and "World Music" categories of the 1970's and 80's. It's the sum of many different cultures and nationalities, and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis says the multicultural origins of his music make it all that more timely today. Use this clip to enhance your introduction of Yolanda Kondonassis playing from any of her Hovhaness recordings, including her all-Hovhaness CD (Telarc 80530). We recommend the Sonata for Harp and "Spirit of Trees" (her personal favorite). Two works by Hovhaness are also on her "Sky Music" CD (Telarc 80418). http://ykharp.com/disc.html

SUGGESTED HOST INTRO
Alan Hovhaness (ho-VAH-ness) is one of several 20th century composers that harp player Yolanda Kondonassis (kahn-doe-NASS-sis) has championed. Along with the composer's distinctive sound, she says his roots run deep, and he has perfect timing.

CLIP TRANSCRIPT
"I think the reason that Hovhaness is experiencing a growing popularity is because we are becoming such a smaller planet and just about everything in our society is influenced by many cultures. And his music is such a mixture. There's a great Asian element, there's a little bit of a Middle Eastern element. His own nationality is Armenian and yet, it almost has an American, open, Copland-esque feeling sometimes. It's a beautiful blend and representative of our culture and our society right now."

SUGGESTED HOST OUTRO Composer Alan Hovhaness (ho-VAH-ness) was born in 1911. That was harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (kahn-doe-NASS-sis) describing how his music is still relevant in 2007. You'll hear how his mixture of styles works well with (insert music title).

(To download a .txt file of this suggested copy, look under the "Additional Files" for this piece.)


WHAT IS VIRTUOSO VOICES™?

Virtuoso Voices™ is a performer interview service that provides short interview segments to radio stations, their websites and other online platforms.

Virtuoso Voices provides stations with a new strategy for presenting classical music on the radio by directly involving the performer in the introduction of the music.  These topical and evergreen clips enable announcers to bring an additional insider's perspective to the music they introduce and play on their shifts.

Program content is taken from interviews with internationally recognized classical music performers, such as Gil Shaham, Yo-Yo Ma, Marin Alsop, Lorin Maazel, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Michael Tilson Thomas.

For more information and to see additional ways to use these clips, please visit our website, www.virtuosovoices.org.


Virtuoso Voices™ Fundraising Service

Virtuoso Voices(tm) is also Public Radio's primary source for classical music fundraising messages.

Please visit the fundraising page of our website for examples and further information.  www.virtuosovoices.org/fundraising.


VIRTUOSO VOICES

"Classical Music's Virtuosos Want a Word with Your Listeners."

Virtuoso Voices is a trademark of Listener Directed Productions, Inc.

Additional Files

Related Website

http://www.virtuosovoices.org