—by Wendy Kerner
Not long ago I received a call from a colleague who runs a very fine concert series. They had a Russian string ensemble coming from Moscow to perform in a few weeks, and she had just learned that two of the pieces they would be playing included harp. They would not be bringing a harpist from Russia, and she wondered if the date worked for me. There would be one rehearsal just before the concert, and then the performance. The date was good, and I was given the contact information for the conductor to work out the details. Fortunately, he had lived in America for several years and spoke fluent English, so it was not hard to talk with him.