ASCAP Orchestra Awards for Adventurous Programming Announced

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Marin Alsop, music director and conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which was awarded the John S Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music

Twenty-six American orchestras will be recognized with 2008-2009 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming today at the League of American Orchestras’ 64th Annual Conference in Chicago. ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. More than a million dollars has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947.

The winners are:

John S Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music:
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor


Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming:
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director


Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming:
Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, NY)
David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor


Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours:
Orange County (California) High School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Russell, Music Director


Awards for programming of contemporary music:

Expenses More than $14.1 Million:
First Place: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra / David Robertson, Music Director
Second Place: San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director
Third Place: Minnesota Orchestra / Osmo Vanska, Music Director

Expenses of $5.7 Million to $14.1 Million:
First Place: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Second Place: New World Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director
Third Place: The Phoenix Symphony / Michael Christie, Music Director

Expenses of $1.8 Million to $5.7 Million:
First Place: South Dakota Symphony Orchestra / Delta David Gier, Music Director
Second Place: Vermont Symphony Orchestra / Jamie Laredo, Music Director
Third Place: Brooklyn Philharmonic / Michael Christie, Music Director



Expenses of $470,000 to $1.8 Million:
First Place: American Composers Orchestra / Robert Beaser, Artistic Director; Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate; Derek Bermel, Music Alive Composer-in-Residence
Second Place: Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose, Artistic Director
Third Place: Berkeley Symphony Orchestra / Kent Nagano, Music Director and Conductor

Expenses of $470,000 or less:
First Place: Orchestra 2001 / James Freeman, Artistic Director
Second Place: San Jose Chamber Orchestra / Barbara Day Turner, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA) / Claire Fox Hillard, Music Director and Conductor

Collegiate Orchestras:
First Place: Cornell Orchestras / Chris Younghoon Kim, Director of Orchestras
Second Place: Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras / Hajime Teri Murai, Director of Orchestral Activities
Third Place: Brown University Orchestra / Paul Phillips, Music Director and Conductor

Youth Orchestras:
First Place: Orange County High School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra / Christopher Russell, Music Director
Second Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras / Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Third Place: Contemporary Youth Orchestra / Liza Grossman, Executive and Music Director

Festivals: First Place: Aspen Music Festival and School / David Zinman, Music Director
(—Condensed from the press release)