Vincent Calianno has been awarded the 36th annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize for The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson, a 12-minute work for orchestra. Selected by a panel of conductors from among 170 entries, the Brooklyn-based Calianno will receive a prize of $5,000.
The Foundation has announced that it will award a total of five commissions for the creation of new musical works. The commissions, awarded to both American and international composers, are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations (also both American and international) that will present performances of the newly composed works.
Playwright, composer, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, 35, was recognized for his work which reimagines “American musical theater in works that fuse traditional storytelling with contemporary musical styles and voices.” Mimi Lien, a set designer for productions such as Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, was also among this year’s round of 24 fellows.
Four emerging composers have been chosen from a national candidate pool to participate in the 2015 Columbus Symphony EarShot program. Activities will include two intensive reading sessions/rehearsals, feedback sessions with orchestra musicians and mentor composers, a final dress-rehearsal, and a public concert that is part of the CSO’s Happy Hour Concert Series.