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.
New Music USA has submitted six works for consideration in the 2016 ISCM World Music Days. All are works that received funding through our grantmaking programs and all are works composed since 2010.
Taking place January 7-9, 2016, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, the focus of this year’s meeting will be on “Communities.”
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has announced that Vanessa Rose will be its new executive director as of September 1, 2015.
Today the Detroit Symphony became the first American orchestra to make its performance archive available on-demand. Among the 100 full-length works featured are pieces of music by 17 living composers.
Earlier this month, we were all finally been able to see what Pluto looks like thanks to NASA’s New Horizons interplanetary space probe. Now, also thanks to NASA, we can all listen to the only album that has thus far physically traveled beyond Pluto–The Golden Record.
A World Wide Web Consortium Music Notation Community Group has been launched as the result of a partnership of MakeMusic, Steinberg, and Hal Leonard/Noteflight.
Chamber Music America has announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The 54 awarded projects include concerts and recordings as well as dance, film, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element.