Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of America’s most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. Higdon started late in music, teaching herself to play flute at the age of 15 and beginning formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Despite this late beginning, Jennifer has become a major figure in contemporary Classical music and makes her living from commissions. These commissions represent a range of genres, from orchestral to chamber, to choral, as well as vocal and wind ensemble. Cold Mountain is her first opera.
Hailed by the Washington Post as "a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit," her works have been performed throughout the world, and are enjoyed by audiences at several hundred performances a year and on over four dozen CDs. Her orchestral work blue cathedral is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral compositions by a living American with more than 500 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.
Dates are Feb. 2016.
|Fri, Feb 5||8:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb 7||2:30 p.m.|
|Wed, Feb 10||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Feb 12||8:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb 14||2:30 p.m.|
Approx. 2 hrs 45 min
Includes a 20 min intermission
Higdon’s list of commissions and performing organizations is extensive and includes The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luzern Sinfonieorchester, The Hague Philharmonic, The Melbourne Symphony, The New Zealand Symphony, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphony, The Dallas Symphony, as well as such groups as the Tokyo String Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the President’s Own Marine Band. She has worked with musicians that include Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Hilary Hahn, and Yuja Wang.
Her Percussion Concerto won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January, 2010. Higdon also received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing Higdon’s work as “a deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.”
Learn more at jenniferhigdon.com
Cold Mountain is underwritten in part by:
The Wyncote Foundation as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer, M.D.
Ms. Barbara Augusta Teichert
The General Director's Council
Cold Mountain is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Events surrounding Cold Mountain are supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Wallace Foundation
East Coast Premiere | American Repertoire Program
Co-commission and co-production by The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera in collaboration with North Carolina Opera
Part of One Book, One Philadelphia—A Project of the Free Library of Philadelphia