News In Brief 11/4/04

Martin Brody has been awarded the 2004/5 Roger Sessions Memorial Bogliasco Fellowship in Music, the Bogliasco Foundation has announced. He was chosen by the Foundation’s Music Advisory Board from among those American composers who have been selected to receive Bogliasco residencies at the Liguria Center for the Arts and Humanities, near Genoa, Italy.

Under the terms of the annual award, which has been made possible thanks to an anonymous donor, Brody will receive a cash stipend of $3,000 and his travel expenses will be paid. He is set to take up his residency in February 2005.

Brody is the Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music at Wellesley College. During his residency, Brody will be working on his third chamber opera, Bisclavret, an adaptation of a medieval lai by Marie de France, which has been commissioned by the Boston Musica Viva for performance in Spring 2006.

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If you’re not completely disgusted with U.S. politics at this point, you can check up on how members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voted on arts-specific legislation through the first Congressional Arts Report Card issued by the Arts Action Fund. The Report Card assigns each member of the House a letter grade and numerical score based on his or her voting record on specific arts and arts education policy issues. The report covers the 108th Congress (2003-04) and addresses only the House, since the Senate had no arts-specific votes during that period. House members averaged a grade B. For more details, visit www.ArtsActionFund.org. The Arts Action Fund aims to engage citizens across the country in making known their support for the arts.

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The 11th Other Minds Music Festival (Feb. 24-26, 2005) in San Francisco has announced its line-up, including four planned premieres. The 2005 festival also features a centennial tribute to American composer Marc Blitzstein (known for his legendary 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock), as well as a 60th-birthday salute to composer and Other Minds founding artistic director Charles Amirkhanian. Visit the Other Minds website for complete program details.