Program Note

“Dash” comes at the beginning of the 21st Century, where speed often seems to be our
goal. This image fits well the instruments in this ensemble, clarinet, violin, and piano,
because these are some of the fastest moving instruments in terms of their technical
prowess. Each individual plays an equal part in the ensemble, contributing to the
intensity and forward momentum, as the music dashes from beginning to end.
This work was commissioned in 2001 by the Verdehr Trio with funding provided by
Michigan State University.
–Jennifer Higdon

About Jennifer Higdon

Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) taught herself to play flute at the age of 15 and began formal musical studies at 18,…