Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

OBITUARY: Arts Patron Rose “Red” Heller, 105

Rose “Red” Heller in 1985Photo courtesy The MacDowell Colony Rose Heller, a lifelong supporter of art and contemporary music and co-founder of the Picred Heller Foundation (with her husband Ernest “Pick” Heller d. 1998), died peacefully at her home in New York City on Saturday, July 19, 2003. She was 105 years old. Most people […]

Columbia Student Mines Peer-to-Peer Networks…For Art’s Sake

“I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.” This quote from Twelfth Night was the first phrase I uttered into the telephone almost two year’s ago when I first experienced Jason Freeman‘s infectious Telephone Etude #1, more playfully referred to as Shakespeare Cuisinart. The official instructions asked […]

OBITUARY: Jazz legend Benny Carter, 95

Benny CarterPhoto by Jos L. Knaepen Benny Carter, one of the founding fathers of jazz saxophone and a revolutionary arranger, composer, and bandleader, died on the morning of July 12 at a hospital in Los Angeles. Carter had been suffering from bronchitis. He was 95 years old. “Everybody ought to listen to Benny,” Miles Davis […]

OBITUARY: Herbie Mann, Revolutionary Jazz Flutist, 73

Herbie Mann Herbie Mann, who redefined jazz by insisting that the flute was part of its sonic palette, died on Tuesday in his cabin just outside of Pecos, New Mexico. His death was the result of an eight-year battle with inoperable prostate cancer. Mann was both an instrumentalist and a composer, whose music blended jazz […]

BMI Smiles Upon Student Composers

Just the Facts 2003 BMI Student Composer Award Winners: Mason Bates, Age 26 Ben S. Jacob, Age 26 James D. Norman, Age 23 Robert Janusz Pierzak, Age 19 Joel Puckett, Age 25 Joseph Sheehan, Age 22 Nathan Shields, Age 19 Jeffrey Stanek, Age 19 Dan Visconti, Age 21 William Schuman Prize Winner: (Work judged “most […]

58th ASOL Conference Drums Up Hope for Orchestras

Reports of orchestras filing for bankruptcy, severely reducing their season offerings, and cutting back on expenses have been rampant in local newspapers across the country, and once again the future of orchestral music in the United States has come under fire. But the week of activities at the American Symphony Orchestra League‘s 58th National Conference […]