Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hear it now

Hear some of the music from Saturday!
Listen to Mani play "Nocturne" from String Poetic by Jennifer Higdon
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Listen to Mani play "The Blue Hills of Mist" from String Poetic by Jennifer Higdon
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Files available by request...

Monday, March 10, 2008

On stage

Jennifer Higdon and John Clare at Composing Thoughts LIVE, Saturday March 8th at WITF's Public Media Center.

Meet the composer

Jennifer answered questions, signed autographs and met attendees after the show.

Even more winners

Thanks to Cedille Records, Telarc, and Naxos for providing cds for the giveaway.
Attendees also won tickets for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra to hear Jennifer Higdon's music!

Winner Winner

Sy Brandon receives three cds by Jennifer Higdon!

Another winner

Jennifer draws another name from the basket.

A lucky winner

We gave away tickets and cds of Jennifer Higdon.


The audience was captivated by Mani playing String Poetic by Jennifer Higdon.


Mani (Joel and Emi) playing String Poetic with the composer, Jennifer Higdon, present.


A great moment.


Interviewing Jennifer Higdon.

The crew

Cary, Casey and Joe working to record CT LIVE.

Mani performing

Joel Lambdin and Emi Kagawa (the chamber group known as Mani) playing Jennifer Higdon's String Poetic.

Discussing the work

Discussing String Poetic before Mani plays two movements at Composing Thoughts LIVE with Jennifer Higdon.

More at the zoo

More folks enjoying the Percussion Concerto score by Jennifer Higdon.

In the next cage

Another of Jennifer's scores, 2 movements from String Poetic: Nocturne and The Blue Hills of Mist - as a score petting zoo along the windows of FM Master Control. I included reviews and a blog entry about the premiere as well.

Score petting zoo

I set up Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto score on 9 tables, along with reviews, and blog entries from myself and Dick Strawser.


Sunday, March 9, 2008


It was a great turn out! Look for pictures, questions and a recap soon about the first CT LIVE!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Read n meet

Be sure to read Dr. Dick's fine article about meeting composers here.
And then follow the links back here to register!
Composing Thoughts LIVE is this Saturday!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Performers 3/8

We're proud to announce that Mani will be performing selections of Jennifer Higdon's String Poetic at Composing Thoughts LIVE.

Performers biographies:
Violinist Joel Lambdin enjoys a varied career as performer, teacher, and creator of music. As founder and Artistic Director of two chamber ensembles, the Harrisburg Players’ Collective and MANI, he has brought standard classical music to a wide variety of audiences across the US, Canada, and the West Indies. He is currently on the faculty at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA, as well as the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has also served on the faculties of both the North and South Carolina Governor’s Schools. He is a Teaching Artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Beginnings program. With his Harrisburg Players’ Collective, Mr. Lambdin has presented the standard chamber repertoire with America’s top musicians, including Tom Kraines, Odin Rathnam, Daniel Gaisford, Kurt Nikkanen, Kevin Lawrence, and the Tony Award winning Stuart Malina. Under Joel’s Direction, the Collective thrived, providing Central Pennsylvania with a full educational outreach program, a Youth Players’ Collective, as well as raising money for charitable causes. In addition, the Collective performed in a wide range of venues across the East Coast, from bars and restaurants to their Residency at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, PA. In keeping with this innovative approach to performance, Mr. Lambdin is co-director of MANI, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. In addition to its traditional residency at Greenpoint’s Church of the Ascension, MANI is presenting more innovative concerts in a variety of venues and incorporating free-improvisation and popular music with the standard repertoire, scholarly orchestrations of masterworks, and works composed by the performers. As an improviser, Joel has appeared with numerous groups especially in the New York City area. Regular ensembles include the Spool Ensemble in Winston-Salem, NC, Spring Theory in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Lambdin received his BM and MM from the North Carolina School of the Arts under Kevin Lawrence and Sara Johnson.

Pianist Emi Kagawa is the winner of the prestigious Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Ms Kagawa has won international competitions including first prize at the Nancy Clark International Piano Competition, second prize at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, and third place at both the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the Corpus Christi International Competition. She performs extensively throughout the United States and Japan. In New York, Ms Kagawa’s performances include concerts at the Continental Center and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. WQXR, a New York classical music station, featured her playing. Ms. Kagawa formerly served as Adjunct Faculty at New York University and maintains a private teaching studio. She is enrolled in the Doctoral program at SUNY at Stony Brook. She has studied under Larry Graham, Miyoko Lotto, Martin Canin, and Christina Dahl.

Join us for Composing Thoughts LIVE on Saturday, March 8th 3-5pm @ WITF's Public Media Center.
Don't miss your chance to meet and hear music by Jennifer Higdon, plus drawings for cds and Harrisburg Symphony/Lancaster Symphony tickets!
Free and open to the public, register now at (717) 704-3000 or by email, composingthoughtslive @ witf.org

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Only in Lancaster!

Jennifer Higdon is the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's Composer Award winner for 2008!
You'll have a chance to win tickets for the Friday, March 28th Sea Symphony! Concert at the Fulton Opera House at Composing Thoughts LIVE. Register now by email or by phone to attend Composing Thoughts LIVE!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Coming up

Remember, Composing Thoughts LIVE is free and open to the public. Register now at (717) 704-3000 or send an email to composingthoughtslive at witf dot org. Leave your name and the number of people attending in your party for Saturday afternoon, March 8th.
Plus, you'll have a chance to ask questions, win tickets to the Harrisburg Symphony and Lancaster Symphony, and win a new recording of Jennifer Higdon's music!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Information and registration

Join WITF for a special Composing Thoughts LIVE with Jennifer Higdon. Higdon was the very first guest on Composing Thoughts (airs Sunday nights at 6pm on WITF-FM 89.5) and is now the first composer to be featured at a live event!
Host John Clare will speak with Jennifer about her music, creative process and perform String Poetic with pianist and WITF Music Director Dick Strawser. They'll also discuss and preview Higdon's Percussion Concerto, which the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Chris Rose will be performing that weekend.
Attendees can meet Higdon, ask questions, get autographs and can win compact discs of Higdon's music, as well as a have a chance to win tickets to the HSO's Sunday, March 9th concert, and tickets to the Lancaster Symphony's Friday, March 28th concert!
Composing Thoughts LIVE takes place Saturday, March 8th from 3-5pm at WITF's Public Media Center (4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.) Free and open to the public, register now at (717) 704-3000 or by email, composingthoughtslive @ witf.org
Please tell us your name, and how many are attending the program.
Funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.
Leadership support for Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James IrvineFoundation, Jerome Foundation, media The foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

World Premieres in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Orchestra is playing several new works by Jennifer Higdon:
January 10th is the World Premiere of Concerto 4-3, written for Time for Three
January 16th musicians will join for her Bentley Roses (from 2002) with Randall Scarlatta and Susan Narucki (also David Rakowski is on the program, his Sex Songs)
January 17th is the World Premiere of The Singing Rooms, written for violinist Jennifer Koh - and maybe the first Violin Concerto with orchestra and chorus!
January 23rd you can hear BOTH Concerto 4-3 and The Singing Rooms and also on January 25th in the afternoon!