Jennifer Higdon (and Cat), Working Like a Dog

by Suzanne Calvin


Yes, she’s unbelievably genuine, gifted, and grounded -- but she is also a product of her own impressive work ethic that keeps her steadily moving from one project to the next (as well as publishing her own compositions and managing all the other aspects of her professional life with aplomb). Jennifer Higdon came to Dallas recently as part of our acclaimed “Composing Conversations” series -- designed to bring audiences together, face-to-face, with the world’s greatest living composers.

Check out the wonderful write-ups of the evening by “The Observer’s” Classical Music Critic Katie Womack (read her take here) and by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Classical Music Critic for “Theater Jones.” Read his assessment here.

I also find it interesting that both journalists used the photo of Higdon with her cat. While a cat certainly makes a better prop than most, I think the reason people keep gravitating to this  charming photo by Candace DiCarlo is because it suggests something particular about Jennifer Higdon: the laid-back style, the ability to deftly maneuver through unfamiliar territory, the subtle elegance she conveys in both her presence and in her work.

Or, perhaps we all love cats. Yes, that could be it. In any event, we can’t wait for an excuse to lure her back. I wonder what we could dangle in front of her? Hmmmmmmmmm…..

Suzanne Calvin, Manager/Director Media and PR

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