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.

Playing American: California Symphony Marks Fifteen Years

California Symphony Music Director Barry JekowskyPhoto courtesy of Pavilion Associates The California Symphony is celebrating its 15th anniversary this season by highlighting the performers and programs responsible for its success. But no one is likely more responsible for that success than founding Music Director Barry Jekowsky. His longstanding commitment to presenting American music and supporting […]

MacCombie Takes Reins at J@LC

Jazz at Lincoln Center has named Bruce MacCombie, dean of the School of the Arts at Boston University and accomplished composer, as the organization’s new executive director effective September 1, 2001. Prior to his position in Boston, the 57-year-old executive served as Dean of The Juilliard School. He has also held positions on the faculty […]

NSO Anticipates Season of Encores

June and John HechingerPhoto courtesy of the Hechingers John and June Hechinger have once again demonstrated their commitment to American composers and the creation of new music. Through their support, Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced a new series of commissions: The Hechinger Encores. The funding will support the commissioning […]

Changes Ahead At Women’s Philharmonic

Women’s Philharmonic Last spring, the Women’s Philharmonic announced that it was canceling plans for a 2001-02 concert season. Board President Robyn Bramhall spoke with NewMusicBox about the direction in which the organization plans to head now. “The board of directors is still here and sound,” Bramhall assures. Currently, “we’re looking at whether and how to […]

Commissioning Music/USA Supports 25 New Works

Meredith Monk is commissioned to write a new opera/musical theater productionPhoto by K. Scott S Meet The Composer‘s Commissioning Music/USA 2001 program has announced $290,750 in grants to support the creation of new musical works. Thirty-one composers will team up with a wide range of performing/presenting organizations across the country to create 25 innovative pieces. […]

Tower Records Leaning

What does it mean for classical music? In the months since word of Tower Records‘ buying hold on the indie classical labels Harmonia Mundi, Allegro, and Qualiton hit the industry, the giant record retailer has worked to streamline its operation and fend off threats of bankruptcy. Though Tower lifted the freeze only a few days […]

JCA Calls for Jazz Scores

JCA sponsors the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, in honor of the legendary alto sax The Jazz Composers Alliance has put out a call for entries in the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Works scored for large (8+ instruments) and small (1-7 instruments) ensembles will be accepted until December 15, 2001. The winning […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Jefferson Friedman

Jefferson Friedman can’t divulge when his Encore‘s commission will be performed exactly (the National Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure the performances are a surprise to the audience), but he will say that the work will be performed in the early fall and that it has already been signed and delivered to the NSO. “This […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Michael Abels

Michael Abels Michael Abels, halfway through writing his Encore composition, has made a discovery. “I think I now get how a dessert chef feels,” he says, laughing. “Because you’re definitely not what people are coming to the restaurant for, and yet you’re their last impression. I think ideally an encore is something that should achieve […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Tina Davidson

Tina Davidson “I have plans, I just don’t know what they are yet,” Tina Davidson admits when asked about early ideas for her Hechinger Encore. Though distracted by a deadline for another commission, she’s expecting that writing the piece for the National Symphony Orchestra is going to be a lot of fun. “I’m assuming they […]