Every composer dreams of having works performed and having the world's most acclaimed artists request new pieces.
Local composer Jennifer Higdon has achieved that pinnacle, with commissions into the next decade and inspiration apparently coming without pause. Her moving "blue cathedral," written after the sudden death of her younger brother Andrew Blue Higdon seven years ago, has become the most frequently performed orchestral work by an American composer.
In recent weeks, her music has been played by Orchestra 2001 and in the Philadelphia Orchestra's chamber music series. This weekend, she'll hear the world premiere of her Percussion Concerto, commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and featuring British percussionist Colin Currie as soloist.