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Composer: Higdon, Jennifer (b. 1962)

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Year of birth1962
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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StockholmHigdon and Shostakovich

Higdon and Shostakovich
Higdon, Shostakovich
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Rafael Payare

StockholmHigdon, Shostakovich and Chausson

Higdon, Shostakovich and Chausson
Higdon, Chausson, Shostakovich
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Rafael Payare; Marita Sølberg

LiverpoolFrom the New World

From the New World
Adams, Higdon, Barber, Dvořák
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Robert Spano; Elizabeth Atherton

ValenciaOrquesta de Valencia

Orquesta de Valencia
Copland, Shostakovich, Higdon
Orquesta de Valencia; Alondra de la Parra; Alisa Weilerstein

OsloHoltsmark Ringstad and Higdon

Beethoven, Higdon, Dvořák
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad
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Spano Conducts Higdon and Beethoven

Robert Spano © Angela Morriss
With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, contemporary music champion Robert Spano conducted an electrifying perfromance of Jennifer Higdon's Concerto for Orchestra, followed by Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto with a bravura perfromance by pianist Jonathan Biss. 
***11
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Cold Mountain: Higdon's maiden operatic voyage

Kevin Burdette (Stobard) and Nathan Gunn (Inman) © Ken Howard
There was a nod to John Adams in the score, but also a kind of edgy Americana, complete with powerful writing for male chorus, and an attempt to communicate the flavor of rural North Carolina, not far from where Higdon grew up.
****1
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Marin Alsop and Baltimore Symphony at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

Marin Alsop  ©  Kym Thomson
Five years on from her historic appointment as the first woman to head a major American orchestra, Marin Alsop took to the stage of Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley Friday night with a swagger, leading the impressive Baltimore Symphony, the orchestra with whom she has made her mark as one of the world’s leading conductors.
***11
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Hebrides Ensemble: American Pioneers - Queen's Hall Edinburgh

American Pioneers, the latest Hebrides Ensemble programme, featured five U.S. composers in what musical director, William Conway described as "a slice" of contemporary music from that vast country. Minimalism, as one might expect, featured. Jennifer Higdon's Smash (2005) opened with what felt like a celebration of our obsession with speed.
*****
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Thomas Hampson singt in München einen Appell an die Freiheit

Thomas Hampson © Dario Acosta
Gemeinsam mit seinem Begleiter Wolfram Rieger gestaltet der Bariton einen Abend für die Freiheit und Menschenrechte.
****1
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