Sojourner Hodges was born in Florida in 1986. She started composing music at age five and at age six began taking piano and music theory lessons with Juanita Becker. Singe age thirteen she has been studying composition. In the summer of 2004 she appeared as composer and pianist on From the Top, a nationally syndicated radio show hosted by Christopher O'Riley, where she premiered the second movement of her Trio for violin, cello, and piano, and her solo piano piece Achromatopsia. Also during 2004, Hodges participated in the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. Sojourner Hodges is an accomplished and acclaimed young composer who will be making waves in the new music scene for decades to come.
I’m late with my thoughts on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project‘s “Bolcom with BMOP” evening last Sunday. Which may have something to do with the fact that I was slightly, but not entirely, disappointed by the program. I was drawn to the concert because I’m a fan of its eponymous star, the distinguished American composer William Bolcom - or at least I’m a huge fan (like many people) of his piano and vocal music (a favorite selection, “The Poltergeist,” above).