CLIBURN KIDS with Buddy Bray


In this episode, we meet a new friend and learn about her instrument, the harp! Join Buddy and Bridget to find out what the harp and the piano have in common.
featuring D’RIVERA Bandoneon


Click the links below for supplemental worksheets and class activities. TEKS objectives are listed below each link.

Pianos and Harps
Music: FA.M.1.b.6, FA.M.2.b.6, FA.M.3.b.6, FA.M.4.b.6, FA.M.5.b.6; FA.M.1.b.2, FA.M.2.b.2, FA.M.3.b.2, FA.M.4.b.2, FA.M.5.b.2

Interview a Composer
Language Arts: 1.13, 2.13, 3.13, 4.13, 5.13; Music: FA.M.1.b.5, FA.M.2.b.5, FA.M.3.b.5, FA.M.4.b.5, FA.M.5.b.5 

Composer Biography: Paquito D’Rivera



Buddy Bray is co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom programs and has been hosting the presentations in schools for over 17 years, and he says it is the most enjoyable work he does.

When he is not in the schools talking about music, Buddy serves as artistic director of the Cliburn at the Modern series and is the principal keyboardist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He also hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s pre-concert discussion series, where he does much the same thing as in the schools—he tries to make his audience comfortable with the music they will hear, and he does it with a spirit of discovery and fun.

Buddy comes from a family of teachers, and he is glad to be carrying on the family tradition.


Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue magazine, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. Collaborating with some of today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. The New York Times has remarked that “…she made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”

Winner of many grants and numerous awards with her instrument, Bridget Kibbey has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. With the harp as her muse, she is sought after for her interesting and unusual programs and currently tours several projects of her own conception. 

The piece performed in this episode is from her program Bach to Brazil, which highlights the Nuevo Latino luminaries living in New York City, as well as the folk masters that inspired them, in a mash-up of newly-commissioned works and selections from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and more.