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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011
Composer Jennifer Higdon's piece "blue cathedral" is one of today's most frequently performed contemporary classical works. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music (2010) and a multiple Grammy Award-winner, Higdon's astonishingly packed schedule of commissions will keep her busy for the next six years. Higdon explains that listeners tend to find her work accessible because of her use of melody and reveals that her background was in bluegrass and rock, not classical music. She speaks of why she likes the structure that commissioned work provides and how she welcomes the different interpretations conductors and artists give her work This segment features portions of Higdon's "Dash for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano." The piece is now the theme music of The Drexel InterView.