Author Archives: Molly Sheridan

About Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan is a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web. A winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for music journalism, she is the executive editor of NewMusicBox and Counterstream Radio, both programs of New Music USA.

Carnegie Hall Lines It Up for 2002-2003

The interior of Carnegie Hall, New York, NYPhoto by Don Perdue Carnegie Hall, that icon of American classical music culture, has announced its 2002-03 season. Robert Harth, the hall’s personable new executive director, notes that despite the death of the hall’s beloved champion Isaac Stern and a five percent drop in attendance post-September 11, “the […]

Lorin Maazel/New York Philharmonic Balance Old and New For 2002-2003 Season

Lorin Maazel On January 8, 2002, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2002-03 concert calendar, a 34-week subscription season during which new Music Director Lorin Maazel will take over the famed podium. Though many in the critical press were quick to voice their skepticism about the appointment of the 71-year-old Maazel, suggesting that perhaps a […]

Third Season of Music Alive – Composers and Orchestras Together Announced

Ten American composers and seven orchestras are teaming up for the third round of Music Alive – Composers and Orchestras Together residencies during the 2002-03 season. A collaboration between Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League, the program pairs orchestras with composers who serve as advocates for contemporary music both within the organization […]

44th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Revealed

Nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards were announced at a star-studded press conference Friday in Beverly Hills. The 44th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 27 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. This year’s addition of a category for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration brings the total to 101 categories covering 28 musical fields. […]

$350,000 Granted by Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts

Mikel Rouse The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts has awarded $350,000 in grants to support innovative artists and arts organizations. Twelve grants of $24,000 each have been given to artists working in the U.S. and abroad, including five to musicians—David First, Jin Hi Kim, Jim O’Rourke, Mikel Rouse, and Michael Schumacher. In addition, $61,000 has […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

Photo by Melissa Richard A few months ago, I took a friend who was into electronica and obscure indie-rock to a new music concert at Carnegie Hall, naively convinced that I was opening his eyes to a whole wide world he never knew existed but would embrace immediately as the most cutting-edge music he had […]

Gerald Cohen on Music, Religion, and the Bridge Between

Cohen at home in the studioPhoto by Susan Woog Wagner Westchester Prize-winning composer Gerald Cohen is a cantor at Temple Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, New York, and when I spoke with him, I have to admit that I was most curious about what that means with regard to his music. What it is to be […]

Cohen and Bermel Win Westchester Prize for New Works

Cohen and Bermel awarded the Westchester Prize for New WorksPhotos by Susan Woog Wagner and Tom LeGoff Interview with Gerald Cohen Interview with Derek Bermel Three artists who have partnered with Westchester, New York, cultural organizations will share the Westchester Prize for New Works, a cash award intended to support the creation and premiere performance […]

Talking Shop with Kenneth Frazelle

North Carolina composer Kenneth FrazellePhoto courtesy Fine Arts Management “I’m not the contest winning-type,” composer Ken Frazelle protests when I reach him at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to talk about his 2001 Barlow Prize. “The president of the Barlow Foundation called and I said, ‘You’re kidding,’ because I feel like something of an […]