Performance Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 4 PM

Neighborhood Concert: Jennifer Koh, Violin and Reiko Uchida, Piano

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Violinist Jennifer Koh can be summed up like this: daring, vivacious, and brilliant. Collaborating with the most ground-breaking contemporary composers on the scene, Koh traces the threads connecting new music to music of the past. As part of Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks festival, their program features works by American composers Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Missy Mazzoli, and Lou Harrison, including a piece written expressly for Koh by Higdon. Koh describes her career as a musician: “I always knew I wanted music in my life, but I never thought of this as a career—I got an English degree at Oberlin. I almost feel as though the career is a side note to the act of studying to be a musician. The work process is what I love most, and performance is just a part of that process.”

Performing solo and chamber music concerts internationally, Reiko Uchida is recognized as one of the finest, most versatile pianists on the music scene. A member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, Uchida has collaborated with celebrated artists David Shifrin, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson, and is a member of the Laurel Trio and the Moebius Ensemble.

This concert is part of American Mavericks, a citywide celebration of the pioneers of the American sound, presented by Carnegie Hall and San Francisco Symphony. Visit for more information.


  • Jennifer Koh, Violin
  • Reiko Uchida, Piano


  • JENNIFER HIGDON String Poetic
    Jagged Climb
    ·· Nocturne
    ·· Blue Hills of Mist
    ·· Maze Mechanical
    ·· Climb Jagged
  • JOHN ADAMS Road Movies
    Relaxed Groove
    ·· Meditative
    ·· 40% Swing
  • -intermission-
  • MISSY MAZZOLI Dissolve, O my Heart
  • HARRISON Grand Duo
    ·· Stampede
    ·· A Round (Annabel and April's)
    ·· Air
    ·· Polka


"Road Movies: I. Relaxed Groove"
Jennifer Koh
Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - Higdon, J. / Harrison, L. / Adams, J. / Ruggles, C. (String Poetic)

In the Artist's Own Words

I am very happy to be part of Carnegie Hall’s American Mavericks series. Maverick composers are historically the composers that we now look back on and view as the “great” composers: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok (the list should continue, but there is not enough space) were all iconoclastic, maverick composers of their times.
Program Notes
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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