Monday, June 1, 2009

A New Work from Jennifer Higdon

Concert-goers may remember the enthusiasm that greeted the performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto at the Harrisburg Symphony's concert in March, 2008, when principal percussionist Christopher Rose playing a wallful of percussion instruments stretched across the front of the Forum stage. "SkyLine," the opening movement of CityScape, a work in three movements designed to played in whole or in part, is on the orchestra’s program for January, 2010.

A week before that, she’ll be in town for a performance by the Cypress Quartet of her “Impressions,” a work she composed for them. That’s on the Market Square Concerts 2009-2010 Season.

So I thought I’d let you know her most recent work to be premiered – the Violin Concerto written for Hilary Hahn – is coming to Baltimore later this week when the Baltimore Symphony performs the concerto with Hilary Hahn this Thursday & Friday evenings and Sunday afternoon at the Meyerhoff Hall and Saturday evening at the Strathmore Center. The program opens with Beethoven's Egmont Overture and ends with the Symphony No. 5 by Antonin Dvořák .

If you can't make any of those performances, you can hear the one recorded this past Thursday with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (its European premiere) on-line live today at 2pm at BBC-3 with a program that begins with Gershwin’s American in Paris and concludes with Elgar’s 1st Symphony. If you can’t listen to it then, you can find it on the BBC web-site where it will be available for the next 7 days.

The Concerto was also recorded in Liverpool by Deutsche Gramophone for future release.

Check out this video of violinist Hilary Hahn talking with her former teacher at Curtis about the Violin Concerto she wrote for her.

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You can also read my post at Thoughts on a Train about it and find a few more links there.

Then I’ll be back a little later to let you know about some of the summer concerts coming up as well as looking at the up-coming 2009-2010 season!

- Dr. Dick

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