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

David Del Tredici at 80

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Photo by Susan Johann

In honor of the unmatchable David Del Tredici as he celebrates his 80th birthday on March 16, here’s my new profile for Strings magazine:

The tradition of the composer-performer underlies some of the cornerstones of the repertoire. Think of Vivaldi the violinist. Mozart the keyboard phenomenon. Mahler the conductor—his instrument being the orchestra itself. But sometimes it’s actually the distance between composers and the instruments for which they write that adds a special flavor to the creative act.

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Filed under: American music, David del Tredici, Strings

Generations Ahead: Steve Reich

My latest feature for STRINGS magazine is now online:

Composer Steve Reich’s Three Generations series will illustrate the sea change in compositional language ventured by Reich and his peers and carried forward by younger generations

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Filed under: programming, Steve Reich, Strings

Alan Gilbert’s Legacy

gilbert-e1482347799819My cover story for the February 2017 issue of Strings is now online:

Two years ago, in February 2015, Alan Gilbert announced his surprising decision to step down from his position as music director of the New York Philharmonic

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Filed under: New York Philharmonic, Strings

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