Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

Glass and Ran Join the Ranks of the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Shulamit Ran and Philip Glass are the newest composer members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were elected to the Academy in January along with artists Jennifer Bartlett, the late Al Hirschfeld, Yvonne Jacquette and William King, and writers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and C.K Williams. The eight new members will be inducted at […]

12 Composers Become Part of the Fromm Commissioning Legacy

Twelve men were chosen from 150 applicants to receive commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The $10,000 commissions form one of the foundation’s primary programs and aim “to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.” The recipients of the 2002 Fromm […]

Sylvia Goldstein Award Established at Copland House

Sylvia Goldstein is seen at a 1997 Copland House luncheon, talking with (left to right) Ned Rorem and Martin Bookspan. In the background (left to right) are then-New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Schuyler Chapin and dance critic Francis Mason.Photo by Chris Lee, courtesy Copland House When Sylvia Goldstein died on January 21, 2002, the […]

First Recordings Added to the National Recording Registry

From Bing to Babbitt, the 50 recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry represent a truly a diverse bunch. At the end of January, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the inaugural 50 recordings that were to be inducted into the National Recording Registry. The Registry was established at the Library of Congress […]

Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations Commission Six New Works

The hills of the Bay Area are alive with new music The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation commissioned 6 Northern California composers to create works for six nonprofit performer and producing organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally intended to be for $25,000, additional funds provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation doubled […]

The Aaron Copland Fund Shares the Wealth with Performers

The American Music Center houses the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Program In December 2002, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Program, administered by the American Music Center, awarded $500,000 to 94 performing ensembles. The program was developed 11 years ago with the objective of supporting “organizations whose performances encourage and […]