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Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon and eighth blackbird

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New Music Advisor David Ludwig recently completed a Music Alive! composer residency with the VSO. One of the products of this residence is Vermont Music Now, a television show hosted by David that welcomes composers, educators, presenters, musicians, and others dedicated to promoting new music in Vermont.Guests: Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon and Lisa kaplan & Tim Munro of 8th Blackbird. From Jennifer's website: Pulitzer-prize winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) started late in music, teaching herself to play flute at the age of 15 and then beginning formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Despite this late start, Higdon has become a major figure in contemporary classical music and makes her living from commissions, completing between 5-10 pieces a year. These works represent a range of genres, from orchestral to chamber and from choral and vocal to wind ensemble. Hailed by the Washington Post as "a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit," the League of American Orchestras reports that she is one of America's most frequently performed composers. From 8th Blackbird's website: Grammy-winning eighth blackbird promises – and delivers – provocative and mind-changing performances to its burgeoning audiences. Combining bracing virtuosity with an alluring sense of irreverence, the sextet debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few. The ensemble attracts fans of all ages to its performances and recordings, which sparkle with wit and pound with physical energy; it inhabits and explores the sound-world of new music with comfort, conviction, and infectious enthusiasm.This episode: Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon and eighth blackbird