Jennifer Higdon (and her cat Beau)

Drum It Out

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon talks about her Percussion Concerto, which will be performed at Fort Worth Symphony, featuring Colin Currie.

published Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Photo: J.D. Scott
Jennifer Higdon
Photo: Marco Borggreve
Percussionist Colin Currie

Fort WorthJennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, will be back in Fort Worth this weekend for a performance of her Percussion Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony. Percussionist Colin Currie will perform her Grammy-winning percussion extravaganza.

“It is like an Olympic event for the percussionist,” she says. “Part of the fun is watching him run across the stage and back because of the large array of instruments and drums.”

Higdon wrote the piece for Currie and he has played it frequently with many different orchestras.

“People seem to get a kick out of it,” Higdon says. “It is an unusual and energetic piece. If you like rock ’n’ roll, you will like this concerto.”

There have been some percussion concerti in the past, but it is certainly unusual. That is not to say that there aren’t some fine ones, especially written recently. Joseph Schwantner wrote one for the deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie that took the musical world by a storm. Other composers have also written such concerti, such as Steven Stucky and Kevin Puts. Most of these are the result of the tireless efforts of percussionists such as Glennie and Currie to expand the repertoire. 

“My concerto uses the full battery of instruments,” Higdon says. “In fact, it even uses the percussionists in the orchestra along with the soloist. There are places where there is a dialogue between them.”

All of this adds to the fun of such a piece. Just seeing the display of instruments across the stage is a visual treat. But when Currie starts to dash around to play them, audiences are both thrilled and amused at the same time.

The program also contains major audience favorites: Rachmaninoff’s massive and tuneful Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27, and Aaron Copland’s percussion-heavy Fanfare for the Common Man. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. Thanks For Reading

Dates, Prices, & Other Details

View the Article Slideshow

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Drum It Out
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon talks about her Percussion Concerto, which will be performed at Fort Worth Symphony, featuring Colin Currie.
by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:

Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:

TheaterJones Section:

Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  

Your Name:
Your Email Adress:

please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :