Monday, April 12, 2010

Jennifer Higdon Wins the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music

It was announced this afternoon that Jennifer Higdon won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Violin Concerto. Composed for Hilary Hahn, it was given its world premiere last season.

You can read about it here, courtesy of The New Music Box.

You can also read her own response to what it's like  winning a Pulitzer, here, also posted at the New Music Box.

I've also posted more about the Violin Concerto on my blog, Thoughts on a Train, including some comments I'd jotted down while listening to the on-line broadcast last June.

In January, the Harrisburg Symphony played the opening movement, 'SkyLine,' of "CityScape" and in past seasons performed the Percussion Concerto with our principal percussionist Chris Rose. Before that, one of the most frequently performed new works in the United States, Blue Cathedral.

Recordings of the Concerto for Orchestra and the Percussion Concerto have been nominated for Grammies in the past. Earlier this year, she won a Grammy for the Percussion Concerto.

The Violin Concerto was recorded at its European premiere with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic last Spring and is scheduled to be released some time late this year.

You can read more about the Violin Concerto (with the composer being interviewed by the performer in a YouTube Video) here.

- Dr. Dick

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