Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio was such a blast to play at the 2011 Grand Teton Music Festival. With Karen Freer on cello and Scott Holshouser on piano, it made playing this two movement work extremely fulfilling for me. Our rehearsals were terrific fun, but specifically one afternoon while playing the “Pale Yellow” movement, Karen stopped playing and proclaimed, “There is a momma and baby moose outside our screen door!!” So we put our instruments down to stare at the creatures that seemed to be drawn to Jennifer’s music.
For me personally, performing this work in such a beautiful environment made the piece that much more special. The colors that were represented were all over the Teton Range, from flowers to vivid sunsets. Besides the nature that inspired us, we also had the fantastic opportunity to work through this piece with the composer present, a true honor and pleasure.
I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to my colleagues for their permission to share these with everyone; please enjoy the following clips from the live performance of Pale Yellow and Fiery Red.
~ Holly Mulcahy