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Composer: Higdon, Jennifer (b. 1962)

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Year of birth1962
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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GothenburgRomeo and Juliet

Higdon, Samuelsson, Prokofiev
Gothenburg Symphony; Mei-Ann Chen; Katija Dragojevic

OsloKORK i Store studio - Coucheron and Harth-Bedoya

Higdon, Barber, Beethoven
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; David Coucheron

EdinburghThe PlanetsWorld première

Panufnik, Higdon, Holst
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Storgårds; John Whitener; Ladies of the RSNO Chorus

GlasgowThe PlanetsWorld première

Panufnik, Higdon, Holst
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; John Storgårds; John Whitener; Ladies of the RSNO Chorus

LondonBorealis Saxophone Quartet: Americana '18

Higdon, Albright, Gershwin, Browning, Maslanka
Borealis Saxophone Quartet
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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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Musik auch für Faschingsmuffel

Evelyn Glennie © James Wilson
Vielfältig und beschwingt gestaltete das recreation – großes Orchester Graz einen Abend ganz im Zeichen des närrischen Treibens zum Höhepunkt der Faschingszeit.
****1
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