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Jennifer Higdon

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Time For Three (Charles Yang, violin & vocals; Nick Kendall, violin & vocals, and Ranaan Meyer, double bass & vocals), stands at the intersection of Americana, pop and classical music. In the Feb 26th broadcast, they join Maestro JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic to perform music of Jennifer Higdon.

Kondonassis: Mark Bettrell/Higdon: jenniferhigdon.com

They're back! Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is about to record the Jennifer Higdon harp concerto with soloist Yolanda Kondonassis that they all premiered in May. It's part of an all-American show that includes works by Patrick Harlin, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein.

Close Up with Jennifer Higdon - Part I

Jul 31, 2018
J. Henry Fair / http://jenniferhigdon.com/biography.html

Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) currently hold the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis School of Music. Her works represent a wide range of genres, from orchestral to chamber, to wind ensemble, as well as vocal, choral and opera.

Candace diCarlo

American orchestras have come under fire recently for not playing enough music by women composers.  But this week the Rochester Philharmonic presented an important voice. On Thursday night, Ward Stare conducted the world premiere of a new harp concerto by American composer Jennifer Higdon.

Here's how it came to be. 

Fifteen years ago, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis was backstage getting ready to play a concerto with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.  She was trying to focus when she heard “Blue Cathedral” by Jennifer Higdon.

Kondonassis: Mark Bettrell/Higdon: jenniferhigdon.com

Jennifer Higdon believes in magic. This week, Ward Stare, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra weave a spell with the world premiere of Higdon's Harp Concerto. All parties involved talked to Julia Figueras about the creation of this work, with a little Brahms and Britten in the mix, too...and it was magic.

Dream Season

Mar 2, 2018
Suzi Gorman

After my recent conversation on Connections with Evan Dawson talking to Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Director Ward Stare and CEO Curtis Long about the RPO’s 2018-2019 season, I started thinking, "What if I were in charge?  What would be my dream season for the RPO?"

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Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon heard almost no classical music before going to college to study the flute. Since then, she has embraced the art, writing music that has been described as “lithe and expert.” In addition to her many commissions, Higdon now teaches at Curtis Institute, preparing our next generation of composers.

Read more about this multi-award winner and a recent premiere.

This post is part WXXI Classical 91.5’s celebration of Women’s History Month. For more of these stories and other resources, check out Celebrating the Contributions of Women to Classical Music.

Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 1948. Tempera on panel, 32 1/4 x 47 3/4" (81.9 x 121.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Composer Jennifer Higdon grew up in a family of visual artists.  She's turned her fascination with painters Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O'Keefe, and Jackson Pollock  into music.  Read and hear more about Higdon's project here.

Currie/Edinburgh Festival;Stare/RPO

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is wrapping up the first American Music Festival with a concert that includes works by Samuel Barber, Jennifer Higdon, and Aaron Copland. Percussionist Colin Currie, who commissioned Higdon for the concerto he's playing the RPO, discusses the genesis and architecture of the piece, and how his performance has changed since he premiered it 11 years ago.

RPO Music Director Ward Stare chimes in with a chat about Barber's depiction of Medea's tenuous sanity and the nobility and glory that is Copland's Third Symphony.