Dr. Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer, Attends Rehearsal with the Frost Wind Ensemble

November 18, 2010 — Award winning composer, Dr. Jennifer Higdon, attended a rehearsal with the Frost Wind Ensemble conducted by Gary Green on Thursday, November 18, 2010 to hear her new work “Road Stories,” recently commissioned by the Frost School of Music. This piece will receive its world premiere by the Frost Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference on March 23-26 in Seattle, WA.

Jennifer Higdon is one of the most performed living American composers working today. Her list of commissioners range from the Cleveland Orchestra to the Philadelphia Orchestra; from Eighth Blackbird to the Tokyo String Quartet; and from The President's Own Marine Band to such artists as Hilary Hahn. Higdon 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."

Dr. Higdon has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters (two awards), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ASCAP. In January, 2010, Higdon received a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

For more information about Dr. Jennifer Higdon, please visit www.jenniferhigdon.com

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Dr. Gary Green, director of the Frost Wind Ensemble, welcomes Dr. Jennifer Higdon at a rehearsal of her newly commissioned composition, "Road Stories."