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Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer HigdonSarah R. Bloom

September 28, 2020

Composer Jennifer Higdon wrote Blue Cathedral in 2000. It was inspired by an imaginary vision of a glass cathedral in the sky. On today's show, The Orchestra Now (TON) takes us on a journey through that cathedral. Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon, from a concert in upstate New York.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio for glass harmonica
John Williams, guitar
Mozart Makes You Smarter
Sony 66245

Karen Linford: Here I Stand
iSing Silicon Valley; Anna Khaydarova, piano; Lesley Robertson viola; Kent Reed, percussion; Jennah Delp Somers and Shane Troll, conductors (both)
Here I Stand
Innova Records 058

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral
The Orchestra Now; James Bagwell, conductor
Bard College, Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet No. 16 in E-Flat Major, K. 428
Tetzlaff Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, Ga

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Humoresque No. 3
Orion Weiss, piano
42: Orion Weiss Performs Dvorak, Bartok, Prokofiev
Bridge 9355

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B.191: Movement 1
Jennifer Kloetzel, cello; Lexington Symphony; Jonathan McPhee, conductor
Deborah and David Brown, Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington, MA

Frank Bridge: Phantasy for Piano Quartet in F-sharp minor
Stephen Rose, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Astrid Schween, cello; Orion Weiss, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Albert Roussel: Serenade, Op. 30
Alice K. Dade, flute; Meredith Clark, harp; Scott Yoo, violin; Jessica Chang, viola; Jonah Kim, cello
Festival Mozaic, Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA