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White Cathedral: Curtis Composer Jennifer Higdon Marries Cheryl Lawson, Baltimore Symphony Music Director Marin Alsop Officiates Ceremony

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 06, 2014 02:34 PM EDT

It's truly a delight (or should be, at least) for all of us to witness America's progression, specifically in terms of same-sex marriage. Sporting their newest nuptials is American composer Jennifer Higdon who married her high school sweetheart Cheryl Lawson.

And, as an added bonus to the matrimony, conducting the ceremony (no pun intended) was Baltimore music director Marin Alsop.

The pair met in band during high school, according to a statement over at Slipped Disc. Cheryl now runs Higdon's publishing company and works "in the capacity of a great agent," meaning she negotiates traveling and commissions.

Jennifer told Norman Lebrecht, "We were in the middle of the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, California, so on a day off, we had the wedding."

"In California a person can become Deputy Commissioner of Civil Messages for 24 hours (with the right paperwork)," she continued.

And in the end, she summed up the entire experience, "...surprisingly, it DOES feel different!"

So as it goes with any healthy marriage, we wish the new wives all the best in their pursuit of a lifetime of happiness, among many other successes.

Perhaps a Higdon original can provide the soundtrack?

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