Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Jennifer Higdon Returns to Conservatory as Barr Institute Laureate

Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon returns to the UMKC Conservatory for the second year of her Barr Institute Laureateship, April 19–25, 2018.

Her other laureate residency visits have been September 27–30, 2016, March 14–17, 2017, and Nov. 30–Dec. 6, 2017 .

During her April 2018 visit, Dr. Higdon will work with Conservatory students in a variety of ways.  Here is her schedule, pending changes. 

Thursday, 4/19/18

5:30–6:30 p.m., Percussion Ensemble Dress Rehearsal, White Recital Hall
7:30 p.m., Musica Nova performance, White Recital Hall, FREE

Friday, 4/20/18

2–5 p.m. Composition Forum, room 521, PAC

Monday, 4/23/18

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Wind Ensemble Rehearsal: 30 minutes for Mysterium with Dr. Joseph Parisi

Tuesday, 4/24/18

1–4 p.m. Conservatory Wind Symphony dress rehearsal, Folly Theater
4–5:15 p.m. Music Since 1945, Grant Hall, room 330, with Dr. Andrew Granade
7:30 p.m. Conservatory Wind Symphony performance, Folly Theater, tickets at CTO or Folly Theater

Wednesday, 4/25/18

11a.m.–1 p.m. Wind Ensemble rehearsal: 30 minutes for Mysterium, with Joseph Parisi, Folly Theater
7:30 p.m., Conservatory Wind Ensemble performance, Folly Theater, tickets at CTO or Folly Theater

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.  She has been nominated multiple times for a Grammy.  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.

Jennifer Hidgon's appearance is supported in part through a grant from The Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies at UMKC.

Published: Mar 22, 2018