Earlier this week, the 2010 Pulitzer Prizes were announced. The winner in the music category was "Violin Concerto," by Brooklyn-born composer Jennifer Higdon. Higdon wrote the concerto for violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn. It premiered on February 6, 2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"String Quartet No. 3," by Fred Lerdahl and Julie Wolfe's "Steel Hammer," which turns the old folk tune “John Henry” into an epic distillation of Appalachia, were also nominated as Pulitzer Prize finalists.
In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks to Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon about her winning concerto, as well as what's she's working on next. Click below to listen to a clip from the "Violin Concerto," or to watch a performance of her "Trumpet Songs." For more WQXR coverage on this story, click here.