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Cynthia Price-Glynn, the Boston Ballet Orchestra’s principal harpist, practicing recently.
Cynthia Price-Glynn, the Boston Ballet Orchestra’s principal harpist, practicing recently.colm o’molloy for the boston globe

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Harpist Cynthia Price-Glynn played her first performance with Boston Ballet in 1976. At that time, performances were in the Music Hall — now known as the Citi Wang Theatre — whose pit was then so small that Price-Glynn’s instrument wouldn’t fit inside it. The orchestra’s sound needed amplification to be heard. The players were talented, but it was difficult for them to feel the cohesiveness on which an orchestra thrives.

How times have changed. Boston Ballet now performs in the Boston Opera House, in a pit that was renovated under the direction of Jonathan McPhee, the Ballet’s music director for the last 25 years. Its orchestra is a unified ensemble composed some of the city’s finest musicians.

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