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Guitarist Jason Vieaux, Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis Talk 92nd Street Y Recital, Performing 'Together' and the Plight of Plucked Strings



One of the most unique duos in classical Christendom, the pairing of Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux with Grammy-nominated harpist Yolanda Kondonassis is no accident.

Of course, their recently released LP for Azica, Together, is hardly a standard marriage; no, there's much more that lies beneath the strings.

As part of the 92nd Street Y's "Art of the Guitar" series, Vieaux and Kondonassis will be performing that album, in its entirety, this Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. The program strictly follows the recorded disc, all the while bringing unique insights into two instruments that don't normally sit together on the stage.

"The timing of this recital was just really fortunate because it occurs within the month of the release of our new album," says Yolanda Kondonassis, over the phone.

"We kind of started small. It was a very organic genesis of this duo," she notes further. "It wasn't a management pairing or anything like that. We just did one performance of a single piece a few years ago, and we decided it's a great combination between the harp and guitar."


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