UMKC Conservatory Welcomes Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer Jennifer Higdon


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon begins her Barr Institute Laureateship at the UMKC Conservatory September 27–30, 2016.

Jennifer Higdon is a major figure in contemporary classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in music for her Violin Concerto and a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto.  Higdon enjoys several hundred performances each year of her works, and blue cathedral is one of America’s most performed contemporary orchestral works, with more than 600 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000.  Her works have been recorded on nearly sixty CDs.  Higdon’s most current project was an opera based on the best-selling novel, Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier.  It was co-commissioned by Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera in collaboration with North Carolina Opera.  Most recently, Higdon won the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere.  She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.

While she is at the Conservatory Higdon will meet with students, speak in several classes, and attend rehearsals and performances in which her compositions will be performed.  Here is the schedule of concerts.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, Conservatory Wind Ensemble.  Concert includes Higdon’s Road Stories.

Thursday, Sept. 29, Conservatory Wind Symphony.  Concert includes Higdon’s Fanfare Ritmico and Oboe Concerto.

Friday, Sept. 30, Musica Nova.  Concert includes Higdon’s Fanfare Quintet and O Magnum Mysterium, along with work by Conservatory faculty James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Reynold Simpson, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, and Mara Gibson

Each concert is in White Recital Hall and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 seniors, and UMKC faculty, staff, and all students are FREE with UMKC or student ID.  The Musica Nova concert is free for all.

Read original press release here for more about the Barr Institute.



For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949