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.

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 […]

Kenneth Frazelle Awarded $10,000 Barlow Prize; Eight Others Receive Commissions

Barlow Endowment bestows $50,000 in commissions Interview with Kenneth Frazelle Nine commissions have been awarded by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. North Carolina composer Kenneth Frazelle has won the largest of these—the Barlow Prize. This year the $10,000 commission is for a sacred song cycle scheduled for premiere by Erie […]

Music America Needs Now

Do audiences need to be protected from provocative art?Picasso: Mère et Enfant, 1902. In the current social and political climate, what kind of art do audiences need? And what’s more, who should be deciding what they should see or what they can handle? That delicate question has been falling on presenters, conductors, and executive directors […]

Florida Philharmonic Throws New Music Overboard Trying to Save Ship

New music left in the wake of Florida Philharmonic revampPhoto by Ian Britton A program to present new music to Florida residents has become a casualty of the financial crunch facing the Florida Philharmonic. The orchestra has cancelled its Brief Encounters, a concept (credited to Music Director James Judd who has since resigned) that was […]

Bang On A Can Breaks Into Amazon’s Classical Top 5 with Riley’s In C

Bang on a Can Plays Terry Riley: In CImage courtesy Bang on a Can Bang On A Can‘s recording Terry Riley: In C, the latest release from upstart label Cantaloupe Music, has been riding the waves of amazon.com‘s top 20 classical sellers throughout November. The disc held its own and, surprising even the optimists in […]

Michael Harrison’s Revelations

Michael HarrisonPhoto by Junghee Choi, courtesy Michael Harrison When composer Michael Harrison sits down at his piano and begins to play, the sound is distinctive. Listen for a minute and you may pick up on the fact that his normal-looking grand piano has been tampered with—Harrison has customized its tuning and in doing so has […]

Web Radio Challenges Status Quo

Courtesy Jazz FM and KING-FM A jazz and a classical radio station rank among the top five streaming networks on the Internet, according to a report on Internet radio listening released in November by MeasureCast, Inc. London-based Jazz FM took the number one slot for the second month in a row and Seattle’s classical radio […]

American Composers from Cowell to Marshall Invade Indie-Rock Zine

Courtesy epitonic.com A friend recently asked if I had an Ingram Marshall disc he could borrow. Coming from someone whose musical explorations rarely extend outside of the indie rock scene, I was happy to oblige but curious where the sudden interest had come from. The answer came back as a link to epitonic.com, a music […]

Kernis Wins 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition

Kernis picks up Grawemeyer for Colored FieldPhoto courtesy Minnesota Orchestra Aaron Jay Kernis has won the 2002 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Though little-known outside the music community, the honor carries a prestige within the industry along with a $200,000 cash prize dispersed over 5 years. Kernis picked up the award for […]

Six Questions with the Author: Stuart Isacoff on Temperament

Stuart IsacoffPhoto courtesy Alfred A. Knopf Excerpt from Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music’s Greatest Riddle Stuart M. Isacoff, a recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, is a pianist, a composer, and the editor in chief of Piano Today magazine. He has contributed to The New Grove Dictionary […]