Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon composed the NWEAMO 2020 piece Dash performed by the PARHELION TRIO

Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy winner, is one of the most performed living American composers working today. She is the recent recipient of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize and the UT Austin EM King Award. Previous honors include the Guggenheim, Koussevitzky, and Pew Fellowships, as well as two awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Commissions have come from a wide range of performers: from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony, to The President’s Own Marine Band; from the Tokyo String Quartet to Eighth Blackbird, as well as individual artists such as singer Thomas Hampson, violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist, Yuja Wang. Her first opera on Charles Frazier’s book, “Cold Mountain”, was commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, NC Opera, and Minnesota
Opera; it has been a resounding success, selling out all of its runs and winning the International Opera Award. She makes her living from commissions and serves as composer-in-residence with various orchestras throughout the country. Her works are recorded on over 60 CDs. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Program Note:”Dash” comes at the beginning of the 21st Century, where speed often seems to be our goal.  This image fits well the instruments in this ensemble, because these are some of the fastest moving instruments in terms of their technical prowess.  Each individual plays an equal part in the ensemble, contributing to the intensity and forward momentum, as the music dashes from beginning to end.

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