Jennifer Higdon http://wrti.org en A Summer's Day http://wrti.org/post/summers-day <p>Celebrate the solstice on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, June 21st at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. <em>Into Light</em> is Marilyn Shrude's orchestral paean to youth and possibility, and Lewis Spratlan outlines an entire day of activity—both fun and contemplative—ending with a starry night, in <em>A Summer's Day</em>. Looking at the evening sky reflected in Italy's Lake Como, Laura Elise Schwendinger asks <em>C’è la Luna Questa Sera?</em> ("is there a moon tonight?").<br /><br />As Monet painted the same scene in different light (including his Rouen Cathedral series from 1892-1893), Jennifer Higdon used materials from her <em>blue cathedral</em> in different ways in <em>Light Refracted</em> for clarinet, string trio, and piano. One of Brian Dykstra's piano rags is the deliciously floating <em>Sweet Daydreams</em>, and in <em>light moving</em>, David Lang provides an encore for Hilary Hahn.<br /> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:52:01 +0000 Kile Smith 7437 at http://wrti.org A Summer's Day An Exaltation of Larks http://wrti.org/post/exaltation-larks <p>Let the larks play! They sing us into spring on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 29th at 9 pm</strong> at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2. Jennifer Higdon considered "exaltation" not only to be a wonderful collective noun but also a pretty good title, so she wrote the romantic and soaring <em>An Exaltation of Larks</em> for string quartet. We get to hear, appropriately, the Lark Quartet in this recording.<br /><br />Daniel Goode loves birds, too, and weaves examples of different thrushes into one mega-birdsong for an unusual orchestra in <em>Tuba Thrush</em>. Benjamin Beirs describes circles, whorls, and storms in <em>Fluidity</em>. It's for his instrument, the guitar, and is inspired by the paintings of Sunny Gibbons, who is his sister. Book-ending the program are two works—one for marimba, one for vibraphone—by Alvin Singleton. He titles them <em>Argoru</em>, which is the Ghanaian word meaning "to play."<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:23:11 +0000 Kile Smith 7147 at http://wrti.org An Exaltation of Larks A Philadelphia Favorite: Composer Jennifer Higdon http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-favorite-composer-jennifer-higdon <p></p><p>Philadelphia’s Jennifer Higdon is among the most-frequently performed living American composers. Her works have been performed around the world and recorded on dozens of CDs. Higdon received a Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2010 for her <em>Violin Concerto,</em> a composition written for violinist Hilary Hahn and first performed by Hahn and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/z4X8uZAwrQY</p><p>The prolific Higdon is in the process of adding an opera to her extensive repertoire. The joint commission of The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia is based on Charles Frazier’s Civil War novel <em>Cold Mountain.</em> It's scheduled to open in Santa Fe in 2015, followed by an East Coast premiere at the Academy of Music in February 2016.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:45:09 +0000 Meridee Duddleston, David Patrick Stearns & Jim Cotter 6153 at http://wrti.org A Philadelphia Favorite: Composer Jennifer Higdon All About Jennifer Higdon: A Classical Composer For Philadelphia And Beyond http://wrti.org/post/all-about-jennifer-higdon-classical-composer-philadelphia-and-beyond <p>This month, WRTI is showcasing the works of various women composers. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston looks at a Philadelphia favorite:&nbsp;Jennifer Higdon.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Philadelphia’s Jennifer Higdon is among the most frequently performed living American composers. Now 50, the successful, unpretentious, and endlessly creative Higdon is adding an opera to her extensive repertoire. It’s a joint commission of The Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia based on Charles Frazier’s Civil War novel <em>Cold Mountain.</em> Higdon’s family moved from Atlanta to east Tennessee when she was an adolescent– about 40 miles, she says, as the crow flies from Cold Mountain. That geographic proximity fueled her insight into the characters she’s recasting in operatic form.</p><p>Higdon’s partner, Cheryl Lawson, runs Lawdon Press, the company that publishes and distributes Higdon’s works.&nbsp; Among her most-performed compositions is<em> blue cathedral</em>, a tone poem she wrote after the death, from cancer, of her brother Andrew Blue Higdon. Her works have been recorded on dozens of CDs and performed around the world. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:48:50 +0000 Meridee Duddleston, Jim Cotter & David Patrick Stearns 5268 at http://wrti.org All About Jennifer Higdon: A Classical Composer For Philadelphia And Beyond Symphonic Resolutions: What's On Your Classical Music Wish List? http://wrti.org/post/symphonic-resolutions-whats-your-classical-music-wish-list Are you the type to make New Year's resolutions? They're easy to make, but tough to keep — at least when it comes to your own. So how about brainstorming a few resolutions that are a little less personal?<p>We want you to tell us what changes you'd like to see and hear in classical music. What should orchestras, composers, critics, performers, fans, managers and media outlets do? Although there were positive stories and plenty of terrific music making last year, 2012 wasn't easy. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 4984 at http://wrti.org Symphonic Resolutions: What's On Your Classical Music Wish List?