Marin AlsopPhoto by John Campagna, courtesy Concordia Music Director, Colorado Symphony (Denver CO), the Cabrillo Music Festival (Santa Cruz CA) & Concordia Orchestra (New York NY) I have both the great honor and the sometimes burden of being known as a conductor of "American Music." I am passionate about a lot of American music and […]
JoAnn FallettaPhoto by Jim Bush Photography, courtesy Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director, Virginia Symphony (Norfolk VA) & Buffalo Philharmonic (Buffalo NY) I feel a responsibility to perform American music, but it is also a privilege. I am an American, and since I grew up in the same culture, it is easier for me as an American […]
Chris Younghoon Kim Artistic Director, Brave New Works (Ann Arbor MI)& Assistant Conductor, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (New Orleans LA) I believe a conductor’s primary goal is to be a composer’s advocate. I have found that presenting new music to a community can be an uphill battle. There might have been negative experiences in the past, which […]
Timothy RussellPhoto by Thomas Hogan Music Director, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus OH)& Director of Orchestras, Arizona State University (Tempe AZ) As Music Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio I have had a commitment to contemporary American music since the ensemble’s inception in 1978. In fact, we premiered a new piece on our […]
If we are to be part of a viable international musical culture, we must honor our own achievements as a fundamental portion of the larger world-based continuum.
I’m writing this from Washington, DC, where I’ve just seen and heard a new production of Coyote Builds North America, one of my two music theater works with writer Barry Lopez. Coyote was premiered in 1987 at Perseverance Theater. Since then, it’s been produced two other times, touring throughout Alaska and New England. Until now, […]
Barry DroginPhoto by Lindsay Drogin Here’s a frustrating parlor game: Come up with a term for the form that includes the operas of Gian Carlo Menotti, the musicals of Leonard Bernstein, the dance-theater of Meredith Monk, the music-theater of Robert Ashley, and such hard to classify works as Porgy and Bess, Four Saints in Three […]
Composing music for the stage.
Stephen Sondheim“…opera is musical theater that takes place in an opera house in front of an opera audience…” Jack Beeson“…In musicals, all the words…are to be understood. Opera audiences…are awed when…they understand an English libretto, and forget to watch the supertitles…” Philip Glass“…Basically, I don’t care what you call it…” Elizabeth Swados“I don’t think those […]
The relationship between music and theater has always been controversial – and productive. On one end of the spectrum are pieces in which text is obviously or completely dominant. Though there are no solely text-based pieces in this month’s new discs — if you want one, try Randy Hostetler’s Happily Ever After, featured in the […]