December 31st, 2014

andrew potter

Cheryl Lawson & Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon (born December 31, 1962) is an American composer of classical music. She has received many awards including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon lives with her partner Cheryl Lawson in Philadelphia. They met in high school.

Higdon was born in Brooklyn, but spent her first 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to Tennessee. A largely self-taught flautist, she played in her high school's concert band and heard little classical music before her college years. She studied at Bowling Green State University and majored in flute performance. Of playing in the university orchestra, she has said: "Because I came to classical music very differently than most people, the newer stuff had more appeal for me than the older." While at Bowling Green she met Robert Spano, who was teaching a conducting course there and who became one of the champions of Higdon's music in the American orchestral community. Although Higdon's music has been performed by more than 150 conductors, those who have worked extensively with Higdon include Christoph Eschenbach, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, and Giancarlo Guerrero. Higdon earned an Artist's Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with David Loeb and taught virtuoso Hilary Hahn. She then obtained a master's degree and doctoral degree in composition from the University of Pennsylvania under the tutelage of George Crumb.


@Flute Arts: Bentley Retirement Reunion, May 4, 2002
Jennifer Higdon is an American composer of classical music. She has received many awards including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto and the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Percussion Concerto. Higdon lives with her partner Cheryl Lawson in Philadelphia. They met in high school. Higdon is currently writing an opera based on Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain". It is co-commissioned by Santa Fe Opera and Opera Philadelphia.



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Rainbow Awards Spotlights, End of the Year wrap up

During the year I feature the winners of past years Rainbow Awards on their birthday or on another significant date, but there are some I don't have a date to match with. So here is the wrap up post, and if by any chance you know a significant date I can match an author with, please let me know and I will feature them this coming year:

2009 Rainbow Awards: A.M. Riley (Immortality is the Suck)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Evey Brett aka Nica Berry (Northern Love)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Isabelle Rowan (A Note in the Margin)
2009 Rainbow Awards: James EM Rasmussen (Queer Wolf)
2009 Rainbow Awards: Jan Steckel (The Underwater Hospital)
2009 Rainbow Awards: R. W. Day (A Strong and Sudden Thaw)

2010 Rainbow Awards: Alex Mykals (Nigredo)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Anah Crow & Dianne Fox (Uneven)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Andrew Ramer (Queering the Text)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Donald H. Clark (Loving Someone Gay)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Drewey Wayne Gunn (The Golden Age of Gay Fiction)
2010 Rainbow Awards: George Gardiner (The Hadrian Enigma)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Gill McNight (Goldenseal)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Iolanthe Woulff (She's My Dad)
2010 Rainbow Awards: J.C. Herneson (Spring of the Stag God)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Mark Alders (The Pauper’s Prize & Light of the Body)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Mykola Dementiuk (Holy Communion & Dee Dee Day)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Sean Meriwether (The Silent Hustler)
2010 Rainbow Awards: Viki Lyn (Last Chance)

2011 Rainbow Awards: Aislinn Kerry (Double Feature)
2011 Rainbow Awards: CC Bridges (Angel 1089)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Christine Hall Volkoff (Travels Through Love And Time)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Claire Thompson (The Cowboy Poet)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Dusk Peterson (The Eternal Dungeon)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Lauren P. Burka (Up For Grabs 2)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Lee Benoit (Moonspun)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Marten Weber (Benedetto Casanova, The Memoirs)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Morgan Cheshire (Solemn Contract)
2011 Rainbow Awards: Robin Reardon (The Evolution of Ethan Poe)

2012 Rainbow Awards: Brandon Shire (Listening To Dust)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Drake Braxton (Missing)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Elliott Mackle (Only Make Believe)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Giselle Renarde (The Red Satin Collection)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Greg Hogben (The British Devil)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Hayden Thorne (Renfred's Masquerade)
2012 Rainbow Awards: J.P. Beausejour (Buccaneer Island)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Jeff Erno (Another Dumb Jock)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Johnny Townsend (Let the Faggots Burn)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Kathleen Knowles (Awake Unto Me)
2012 Rainbow Awards: KevaD (Whistle Pass)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Luke Hartwell (Atom Heart John Beloved)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Michelle Moore & Reesa Herberth (The Slipstream Con)
2012 Rainbow Awards: Vaughn R. Demont (Coyote's Creed)

2013 Rainbow Awards: Adam Fitzroy (Make Do and Mend)
2013 Rainbow Awards: AJ Rose (Safeword)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Alicia Cameron (Inherent Gifts)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Andi Marquette (From the Boots Up)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Barbara Davies (Licensed to Spy)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Brad Boney (The Return)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Caren J. Werlinger (Miserere)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Charlie Cochrane (Promises Made Under Fire)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Grigory Ryzhakov (Becoming Agie)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jamie Fessenden aka James Erich (Dreams)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jill Braden (The Devil's Concubine)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Jordan L. Hawk (Hainted)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Julian Griffith (Love Continuance and Increasing)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Kim Fielding (Brute)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Laura Hughes (Don't Ask)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Lou Harper (Spirit Sanguine)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Osiris Brackhaus (Lovers in Arms)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Radclyffe aka L.L. Raand (The Lone Hunt)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Scott M. Terry (Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth)
2013 Rainbow Awards: Taylor V. Donovan (Disasterology 101)

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In the Spotlight, End of the Year wrap up

During the year I feature the authors in my Top XXI century Gay Novels List (for books released after January 1, 2000) on their birthday or on another significant date, but there are some I don't have a date to match with. So here is the wrap up post, and if by any chance you know a significant date I can match an author with, please let me know and I will feature them this coming year:



Alex Jeffers (Safe as Houses)
Ann Herendeen (Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander)
Anne Tenino (Frat Boy and Toppy)
April Lurie (The Less-Dead)
Ava March (Bound by Deception)
B. R. Collins (The Traitor Game)
Beth Loffreda (Losing Matt Shepard)
Brian Farrey (With or Without You)
Brian Malloy (The Year of Ice)
Brian Whitaker (Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East)
Brooke McKinley (Shades of Gray)
Bruce Shenitz (The Man I Might Become)
Byrne Fone (Homophobia: A History)
Cameron Dane (A Fostered Love)
Charles Kaiser (The Gay Metropolis)
Chris Bull (Come Out Fighting: A Century of Essential Writing on Gay & Lesbian Liberation)
Chris Kenry (Can't Buy Me Love)
Christopher Kelly (A Push and a Shove)
Damian McNicholl (A Son Called Gabriel)
David Deitcher (Dear Friends: American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918)
David Moats (Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage)
David Strah (Gay Dads)
Davida Wills Hurwin (Freaks and Revelations)
Drew Zachary (On Fire)
Evangeline Anderson (The Assignment)
Greg Lilly (Fingering The Family Jewels)
Jack Rogers (Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church)
James Klise (Love Drugged)
James Magruder (Sugarless: A Novel)
Jamie Craig (Master Of Obsidian)
Jane Seville (Zero at the Bone)
JF Smith (Latakia)
Joe Babcock (The Boys and the Bees)
Joey W. Hill (Rough Canvas)
John Howard (Men Like That: A Southern Queer History)
Johnny Diaz (Boston Boys Club)
Judy Shepard (The Meaning of Matthew)
Kate Steele (Altered Heart)
Kathy Belge (Queer)
Kevin Sessums (Mississippi Sissy)
Kirby Crow (Scarlet and the White Wolf)
Laney Cairo (Bad Case of Loving You)
Leslea Newman (October Mourning)
Linda de Haan (King and King)
Lisa Henry (The Island)
Mack Friedman (Setting the Lawn on Fire)
Manna Francis (Mind Fuck)
Maria McCann (As Meat Loves Salt)
Mark A. Roeder (A Better Place)
Mark Simpson (Saint Morrissey)
Mary Calmes (Change of Heart)
Matt Houlbrook (Queer London)
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation)
Max Pierce (The Master of Seacliff)
Mehmet Murat Somer (The Kiss Murder)
Michael Harmon (The Last Exit to Normal)
Michael Schiefelbein (Vampire Vow)
Nancy D. Polikoff (Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage)
Nathaniel Frank (Unfriendly Fire)
Noelle Howey (Out of the Ordinary)
Paul Golding (The Abomination)
Paul Ruditis (The Four Dorothys)
Paul Waters (The Republic of Vengeance)
Regina Marler (Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America On to Sex)
Rhianne Aile (Cursed)
Ritch C. Savin-Williams (The New Gay Teenager)
Robert Aldrich (Gay Life & Culture: A World History)
Robert Trachtenberg (When I Knew)
Rohase Piercy (My Dearest Holmes)
Sarah S. Brannen (Uncle Bobby's Wedding)
SE Jakes (Bound by Honor)
Steve Brezenoff (Brooklyn, Burning)
Steven Goldman (Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath)
Suzanne Brockmann (All Through the Night)
Ted Gideonse (From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up)
Thomas Glave (Whose Song?: And Other Stories by)
Tom Spanbauer (Now Is the Hour)
Vicki L. Eaklor (Queer America)
Warren Dunford (Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture)
Wendell Ricketts (Everything I Have Is Blue)
Wendy Moffat (A Great Unrecorded History)
Will Davies (My Side of the Story: A Novel)
Zathyn Priest (The Curtis Reincarnation)

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