Molly Sheridan: What attracted you to doing so much work in modern repertoire as opposed to specializing in something else? Phyllis Curtin: Well, I think it started when I was first out of college. I graduated from Wellesley in 1943. I was living in Cambridge and working and I knew a variety of composers who […]
Photo by Christian Steiner Molly Sheridan: You’ve achieved quite a reputation in the new music community for your excellent performances, recordings, and commissioning activity. I’m curious about what attracted you to playing that type of music in the first place. As a piano student you could have specialized in many different areas… Ursula Oppens: First […]
Molly Sheridan: New Sounds, your evening radio show on WNYC, covers a huge range of music. How do you discover all the material you program? John Schaefer: Well, in the beginning, I had to really search out a lot of this music; there was quite a bit of musical sleuthing involved. But as word got […]
Sometimes when awards are announced, it’s easy to be numbed by the list of names and numbers and overlook what they mean for the composer and society–that a new piece of music will be written and heard that otherwise might never have seen daylight. Jim Mobberley, one of the nine composers commissioned to write new […]
Eight composers in the early stages of their careers have been chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra‘s eleventh annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions on April 15. The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work): Mark Applebaum […]
Phillip Bimstein Phillip Bimstein, composer, environmentalist, AMC board member, and former two-term mayor of Springdale, Utah, is running for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. After talking with the man Parade magazine profiled as “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town,” it’s not hard to understand how Bimstein balances what are at […]
Event expected to have an economic impact on the city estimated at $35-40 million.