• Re: Philapa Inquirer: Jennifer Hidgon

    From gggg gggg@21:1/5 to Premise Checker on Fri Jan 27 17:37:32 2023
    On Monday, April 4, 2005 at 8:08:28 AM UTC-7, Premise Checker wrote:
    Her Career, Her Recognition and Her Hopes Are Zooming - Composer (and Grammy Nominee) Jennifer Higdon
    By David Patrick Stearns
    Philadelphia Inquirer - 6 February 2005
    Though the Grammy Awards are still seven days away, Jennifer Higdon
    has already won far more than she expected from her four nominations.
    The Philadelphia-based composer, whose Concerto for Orchestra is cited
    for best classical composition, on a disc of her works that is also
    nominated for best classical album, has watched her recognition level
    zoom since the nominations were announced.
    [17]Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for Orchestra and 'City Scape',
    performed by the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Spano (Telarc). (This
    title is available at Amazon.com.) Still a relatively new face among nationally known American composers, Higdon, 41, had 60 completed
    works when her Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the
    Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch in June 2002 -- and
    was a hit from the beginning. Though a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the
    piece didn't arrive on disc until last year's "City Scape," whose
    title comes from a trio of tone poems inspired by the city of Atlanta.
    Robert Spano, Higdon's old friend and schoolmate, led the performance
    by the Atlanta Symphony.
    Since the Grammy nomination announcement in early December, Higdon has
    been receiving inquiries from the world's top conductors -- Daniel
    Barenboim and Michael Tilson Thomas, to name two -- interested in
    performing her work. Orchestras with long-set programs have been
    adding Higdon pieces at the last minute, such as blue cathedral, which
    has tallied 50 U.S. performances this season. [Click [18]here to
    listen to blue cathedral in streaming audio.] Lately, she's been
    turning down commissions at the rate of six to eight a month.
    So deeply has Higdon's recognition permeated Philadelphia that one of
    the Alamo Car Rental offices she frequents has a small counterside
    Higdon shrine taken from recent newspaper clippings.
    Part of what inspires such affection is her affability. Her rural
    Tennessee upbringing -- during which she played flute in marching band
    -- is audible in her accent, even after education at Bowling Green
    State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Curtis
    Institute of Music, where she teaches part-time.
    That personality is reflected in her music, which is sophisticated but something you can love at first listen. Few composers are so good at
    writing to order, whether it's the lush, melancholy blue cathedral, a memorial for her deceased brother; the Concerto for Orchestra's
    percussion tour-de-force for the Philadelphia Orchestra; or the more "downtown" manner of Zaka, commissioned by the contemporary music
    ensemble eighth blackbird. Always, though, Higdon sounds like herself, assembling musical narratives that confidently build and crest and
    never meander.
    Clockwise from left: Jennifer Higdon, Cheryl Lawson and Beau. (photo
    by Candace di Carlo) One key figure behind that success is Higdon's
    high school sweetheart and longtime partner, Cheryl Lawson. Higdon
    began publishing her own music under the name Lawdon Press out of
    necessity when still in school, and with Lawson's good business sense,
    that practice continued, giving Higdon the financial stability to
    compose more and teach less.
    Upcoming major premieres include Leaves of Grass on April 16 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Next season, she has six new works, including
    an oboe concerto for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a percussion
    concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra, a trombone concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and a string quartet (her sixth) for the august
    Tokyo Quartet.
    How many of the pieces are finished? Higdon stops to think: "None,
    actually. I've been sketching on things. The Oboe Concerto is half
    done. I guess I'd better go write."...

    Concerning the O. concerto:


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