First, the good news for composers and friends of contemporary music: the Brandeis University graduate program in composition and theory is alive and well after surviving a proposal for its elimination announced last year. Now, the bad news: small groups of composers poring over the details of this art form evidently seem as obscure and puzzling to the rest of the population as ever, and this can affect “life-or-death” choices at some universities, even at liberal arts schools such as Brandeis…
A look at Paul Dresher’s Slow Fire and The Tyrant.
A look inside Third Angle’s season finale.
A look at Seattle Symphony’s 2005 Made in America Festival.
Video game music on tour and a glimpse at a new opera.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project trailblazes a fresh paradigm.
Henna Chou’s strangest collaboration began when she answered an ad on Craigslist for a composer willing to write for toy instruments. Soon she was sucked into the Vortex—Austin’s experimental theater group, though the directors of Holes Before Bedtime resist that term.
Thoughts about the Other Minds’ new performance series Brink.
Susan Botti’s Translucence premiered by Cleveland Orchestra under music director Franz Welser-Möst
The music ensemble Accessible Contemporary Music takes a new approach to championing the work of emerging composers.