MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

A Visit with Composer Jennifer Higdon

Higdon-ComposingMy story on Jennifer Higdon is now out in the current issue of Strings magazine:

Jennifer Higdon is not only stunningly prolific but one of the most-performed American composers at work today. Her style offers an appealing balance of the accessible and the imaginative, and it attracts top-flight soloists, orchestras, and chamber ensembles—like Trio Solisti, which just premiered the composer’s Second Piano Trio, Color Through. Higdon, who turns 55 in December, also contributes to musical life through her teaching and residencies at such institutions as the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she is currently the Barr Institute Laureate…

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Filed under: American music, feature, Jennifer Higdon, Strings

Cold Mountain Almost Reaches the Top

Isabel Leonard (Ada) and Nathan Gunn (Inman); photo by Ken Howard/courtesy of Santa Fe Opera

Isabel Leonard (Ada) and Nathan Gunn (Inman); photo by
Ken Howard/courtesy of Santa Fe Opera

The world premiere of the opera Cold Mountain by composer Jennifer Higdon and librettist Gene Scheer took place this past Saturday at Santa Fe Opera. My review has now been posted on Musical America. I can only give a brief snippet of the review here, which is behind Musical America‘s paywall:

SANTA FE — The event that’s been generating the biggest buzz this summer at Santa Fe Opera is Cold Mountain, which received its world premiere over the weekend. For Jennifer Higdon’s debut opera, set to veteran librettist Gene Scheer’s adaptation of the much-acclaimed Charles Frazier novel, the company has assembled a thrilling cast of principals and a first-rate production team.

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Filed under: Jennifer Higdon, librettists, new opera, review, Santa Fe Opera

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