Author Archives: Amanda MacBlane

A Residency with the Man Upstairs: ACF brings Faith Partners program to New York

Seventy year-old sopranos reaching but never quite making the high notes, tenor sections, consisting of a handful of men and capable altos, a muddled brass quintet undermining “Joy to the World” with missed entrances, and miscast youth productions of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar are some of the vague memories I have of church music from my childhood…

Henry Fogel named President and CEO of the American Symphony Orchestra League

In a moment of foreshadowing, Henry Fogel (then the League’s board chairman) speaks at the 2002 ASOL Conference On January 31, the American Symphony Orchestra League announced Henry Fogel as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Fogel has served as the president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association for the past eighteen years […]

Keith Jarrett Named Recipient of 2003 Polar Music Prize

Keith JarrettPhoto by Judith Jay Ross, courtesy Polar Music Prize On January 28, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm announced American composer, pianist, and improviser Keith Jarrett as the 2003 winner of the Polar Music Prize. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will present the prize of one million Swedish kronor […]

Obituary: Composer Lou Harrison, 85

One of the most significant musical figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, American composer Lou Harrison, died while in transit from Chicago to Columbus, OH, Sunday night. He was on his way to Ohio State University for a weeklong celebration of his music when he apparently suffered a heart attack. He was 85 years […]

MUSIC ALIVE Residencies Unite Orchestras and Composers

Nine American composers and eight American symphony orchestras are joining forces for the fourth round of MUSIC ALIVE—Composers and Orchestras Together residencies to take place in the 2003-04 season. Sponsored jointly by the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet The Composer, the program pairs composers and orchestras in a variety of activities ranging from performances […]

Toy Piano Installation Premieres 24 New Works

Pack a roll of quarters and head to New Media Gallery to experience Seattle-based composer Trimpin’s Klavier Nonette, an exhibit that allows viewers to insert a quarter and choose from 40 compositions for 9 toy pianos that are…

Jennifer Bilfield Named President of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.

Jennifer BilfieldPhoto by Robin Holland Last Thursday, Jennifer Bilfield was named president of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. Since the fall of 2001, Bilfield served as the company’s general manager. The promotion, which was initiated by Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing, Ltd. John Minch, acts more as an endorsement of Bilfield’s accomplishments than […]

John Adams’ Atomic Opera

Last week, the San Francisco Opera announced that John Adams has been commissioned for a full-length opera called Doctor Atomic based on the life of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, developer of the atomic bomb. Adams will collaborate with…