American Music Center Holds First-Ever Auction

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On auction for AMC: An autographed score of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion

The American Music Center, in celebration of its 70th anniversary this month, is holding its first-ever online auction. The auction is now open and will run through November 20, 2009.

Items available in the auction include a variety of autographed CDs from Boston Modern Orchestra Project and others, as well as signed sketches, manuscripts, or premiere programs from a wide range of composers including Elliott Carter, Tobias Picker, Augusta Read Thomas, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Melinda Wagner, and Rufus Wainwright. (Corigliano, Kernis, Lang, Rands, and Wagner enthusiasts might be particularly intrigued by special “Pulitzer Prize Packages” which include signed scores and CD recordings of these composers’ Pulitzer Prize winning compositions.)

Also available for bidders are concert tickets for the Minnesota Orchestra and New York City Opera, plus 2010 festival programs at Ojai and Spoleto USA in Charleston, as well as personal visits from violinist Jennifer Koh or poet/baritone Roger Roloff who will come to a winning bidder’s home for private salon performances. And for truly intrepid new music oriented auctioneers, there’s private vocal coaching from tenor Paul Sperry, career advice from Alex Shapiro, plus the opportunity to name a new David Rakowski piano étude or to commission a new composition from Steven Stucky or Robert X. Rodriguez, both of whom will donate their commissioning fees to the American Music Center.

A complete catalog of items available in AMC’s 70th anniversary auction is posted at cmarket.com. Proceeds will support the Center’s ongoing programs, which include Counterstream Radio and NewMusicBox.

—FJO