Jenniger Higdon

Sharon Torello

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, founded in 1874, is a largely volunteer chorus of about 140 members.  As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, its new artistic director taps into the joy of singing to celebrate the past, present, and future of choral music.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Jennifer Higdon

Aug 17, 2012

Pulitzer Prize and multiple Grammy award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has written a large body of work for a range of ensembles, including orchestras, chamber groups, choruses, and wind ensembles. Now, she’s  working on her first opera, commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and The Opera Company of Philadelphia. 

Philadelphia-based composer Jennifer Higdon has begun writing her first opera. Based on the novel Cold Mountain, it will be her sole creative pursuit for the next three years. WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with the world-renowned composer.

Jim Cotter speaks with Pulitzer-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

David Patrick Stearns profiles multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk ahead of a revival performance of her groundbreaking Education of the Girlchild at Bryn Mawr College on Sunday, February 6th.

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Susan Lewis considers a new multi-venue exhibition celebrating 20th-century Pennsylvania sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick.

Jim Cotter speaks with sculptor Sean Kenney. A collection of animals he's created from LEGO bricks is on view at the Philadelphia Zoo.

And we listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

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Jim Cotter speaks with composer Jennifer Higdon, the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to the Philadelphia Orchestra's spring 2010 tour of Asia.

And we speak with organizers of the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which takes place in April, 2011.

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We listen back as David Patrick Stearns explores the digitally remastered CD of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon cites the Beatles as a major influence on her work.

Susan Lewis visits Friend or Faux, an exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia exploring the value of copies and forgeries.

Jim Cotter speaks with Michael Taylor, curator of Marcel Duchamp: Etant donnes, a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The museum hosts two educational events on the work this weekend.

Susan Lewis considers the nature of video art as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia opens a year-long exhibition showcasing that medium.

Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon

Jan 19, 2008

Jill welcomes the crossover trio Time for Three and composer Jennifer Higdon. Time for Three recently performed the premier of Higdon's Concerto 4-3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra is also slated to perform another of Higdon's works, The Singing Rooms, for violin, chorus, and orchestra with violinist Jennifer Koh.

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leonard Bernstein Festival

Jan 12, 2008

Jim Cotter speaks with Jennifer Higdon.  The Philadelphia Orchestra and Time for Three premier her Concerto 4-3 this week. It's part of the orchestra's Leonard Bernstein Festival.

Also, Susan Lewis looks at the life and legend of the great American composer, conductor, and educator.

Jason Peifer talks to the organizers of the annual One Book, One Philadelphia program.

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