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Robert Spano - Conductor

Benjamin Beilman - Violin


Debussy - “The Sunken Cathedral,” from Preludes

Higdon - Violin Concerto


Higdon - blue cathedral

Debussy - Iberia

Thursday, February 26, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Philadelphia’s own Jennifer Higdon, one of today’s most prominent composers, is inspired by one of her favorite composers, Claude Debussy. A leading interpreter of Higdon’s music, conductor Robert Spano pairs these two master colorists, both of whom created vibrant sound-paintings of cathedrals—one beneath the sea and one among the clouds. The program also includes Debussy’s lively Iberia, based on his impressions of Spain. Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, written in 2008, won the Pulitzer Prize two years later. Higdon, a Curtis Insitute of Music graduate and currently on the faculty, named the first movement 1726, in honor of the school’s address: 1726 Locust St. (the movement also features the musical intervals 1 7 2 and 6). The lyrical second movement is followed by the finale, Fly Forward, inspired by the Olympics. The violinist—the young and supremely talented Benjamin Beilman, also a Curtis alum—races for the finish line (and the crowd in Verizon Hall is sure to cheer).

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program notes

Jennifer Higdon, Composer

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