My week and a half at the Festival de Música Contemporánea in Havana, Cuba was much more than a musical education: it was a remarkable artistic immersion that left me sad and frustrated that the U.S. travel ban is depriving other Americans of access to this rich culture.
The story of the premiere of This Thread is one that I hope will serve to inspire ideas for how orchestras can successfully present new music.
By Bill Brovold
The music of Maryanne Amacher (1943-2009) is much like she was: very loving and friendly or a bit of a firecracker.
By Christopher McIntyre
Known to all as a fiercely passionate advocate, ISSUE Project Room Founder and Artistic Director Suzanne Fiol’s passing is an utterly profound loss for the experimental arts community.
Composer Leon Kirchner (1919-2009) was an important teacher for many composers; John Adams, who studied with Leon Kirchner at Harvard, and Stanley Silverman, who studied with Kirchner at Tanglewood and Mills, share their memories.
Somehow it still seems fitting that I should always associate my apprenticeship with Leon Kirchner with the stormy years of the late sixties and early seventies, an era full of anxiety, restlessness and ecstasy; those are words that pretty much sum up Leon’s music.
Leon Kirchner was an inspiring teacher, almost Talmudic in his dedication.
On Saturday, August 29, Dina Koston’s friends and colleagues gathered at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, for a memorial concert of both her music and music she loved.
Those of us who were close to Joe Maneri will need to adjust to life without his infinitely expressive face, the sound of his voice, and the access we were accustomed to having to his acute mind and compassionate soul.
My own story with Merce started as a friendship and turned into a number of wonderful collaborations, experiences, and life altering moments, which I’m only now beginning to fully appreciate.