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John Lewis Dies at 80

John LewisPhoto by Wil Mosgrove, courtesy of Atlantic Records John Lewis, a founding member of one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in Manhattan on Thursday, March 29. He was 80. The M.J.Q. was a leading concert attraction from the mid-1950s to the late ’90s. The quartet made its […]

Ruth A. Inman

Ruth A. Inman is Librarian at Kennedy-King College in Chicago. She was granted the Epstein Award to study the records of the Martin and Morris Music Company, a pioneering gospel music publishing business in Chicago between 1940 and 1980. The proposed project will entail study of Company records, which are held at the Archives Center […]

Aaron Tanner, Emerging Composer, Dies in Milwaukee

Aaron Tanner and Jennifer Meier Photo courtesy of the family On February 25, 2001, the young Milwaukee composer Aaron Tanner was fatally shot, halting in mid-stride a career that was just starting to blossom. While walking from his apartment to the nearby home of a friend on the city’s northeast side, Aaron was robbed and […]

Elizabeth Bergman Crist

Elizabeth Bergman CristPhoto by Buckley Harris Crist Elizabeth Bergman Crist is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Crist was granted the Epstein Award to support her research on Aaron Copland‘s music between 1932 and 1946 for a book tentatively titled Progressivism and Populism: Aaron Copland’s Music and Aesthetics during Depression and […]

Computer Programming and the Expanding Compositional Frontier

Nick Didkovsky and Phil BurkPhoto courtesy of Nick Didkovsky Part I: Nick Didkovsky and Hell Cafe While most of us are happy enough to use computers to send email, surf the web, and write documents, there are people out there who use these machines for far more. These innovative programmers see computers and the Internet […]

Roberta Lindsey

Roberta LindseyPhoto by Olin Mills Photographers Roberta Lindsey is Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis. Epstein Award funds will be used by Dr. Lindsey to conduct research on the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress. Her work in this collection includes 3 projects: the completion of a compilation of essays in honor […]

Wynton Marsalis Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

Wynton Marsalis and Secretary General Kofi AnnanPhoto courtesy of the UN Photo Library At a ceremony at United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 20, 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Having toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) […]

James Sinclair

James SinclairPhoto by Wes Thomas James Sinclair’s information-packed catalogue of the music of Charles Ives contains 728 entries covering all of the prolific composer’ s works. The book presents new information produced by recent Ives scholarship and generous commentary on each of Ives’ s compositions. It completes the work begun by musicologist John Kirkpatrick in […]

Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2001

Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-seventh annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced on April 12, 2001 by Foundation President Joel Conarroe. The year 2001 Fellowship winners include 183 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 2700 applicants for awards totaling $6,588,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors, […]

Oregon Symphony to Record American Repertoire

James DePreistPhoto courtesy of the Oregon Symphony The Oregon Symphony and its music director James DePreist are the recipients of a $1 million grant designated specifically for recording. The monies will be used to establish the Gretchen Brooks Recording Fund, named for its donor. The gift, which also recognizes DePreist’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra, […]