Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

OBITUARY: Arts Patron Rose “Red” Heller, 105

Throughout her lifetime, Rose Heller (known as “Red”) and her husband Ernest “Pick” Heller demonstrated a true love and commitment to the work of living artists and composers. Mrs. Heller served on the boards of the American Music Center, The League of Composers/ISCM, and the MacDowell Colony, as well as the awards committee for the Poses Creative Arts Awards at Brandeis University.

OBITUARY: Jazz legend Benny Carter, 95

Benny Carter, whose career spanned 8 decades, not only bared witness to nearly the entire history of jazz but in many ways shaped it, redefining the role of the alto saxophone, prepping it for its role in swing-era jazz through his stellar ideas as a soloist and his innovations in arranging.

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 […]

Ms. Larsen Goes to Washington

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With the appointment of composer Libby Larsen to the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the Library of Congress, American music has a new friend in Washington.