America’s greatest harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis,” performed the world premiere of Lauren Keiser’s work, “Morpheus,” for harp and orchestra at the Kiev International New Music Festival on May 31, 2013. The work named for Morpheus, the ancient Greek god of dreams was chosen because of Ms. Kondonassis’ interest in dreams and her Greek heritage. Hollywood of the mid-Twentieth Century and its film scores inspired the aesthetic scaffolding for the work.
The Odessa Philharmonic under the conductorship of Hobart Earle played the work in Philharmonia Hall in Kiev to a standing room only crowd comprised of many European harpists, internationally performed composers, ambassadors and arts lovers. It was warmly received by the audience culminating in the end of three concert performances of Morpheus, the first two being previews in Odessa on the Black Sea.