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NEA-CMA Collaborate on Special Award

Margaret Lioiphoto by Melissa Richard The National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America have entered into a four-year program wherein the NEA will make additional funds available to one of CMA’s five annual commissioning-grant recipients, specifically for performance costs. “We have a commissioning program that requires the work be performed three times,” explains […]

Bang On A Can’s Cantaloupe Music: David Lang

February 2001 marked the debut releases of two Cantaloupe CDs, which are currently available on the Cantaloupe website. The first is Renegade Heaven, featuring the Bang On A Can All-Stars in compositions written for them by Glenn Branca, Arnold Dreyblatt, Michael Gordon, Phil Kline, and Julia Wolfe. harmonia mundi will release Renegade Heaven into stores […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Derek Bermel

Derek Bermelphoto by Tom LeGoff Derek Bermel‘s Dust Dances was premiered and recorded by Norwalk Symphony in 1998, and will be performed three times by the Memphis Symphony in March 2001. Dust Dances was first performed at the American Composers Orchestra’s Whitaker New Music Reading Session in 1994. It is published by Peermusic Classical. The […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Carter Pann

Carter Pannphoto by Carolyn Lukancic Carter Pann’s nine-minute Slalom depicts the awesome thrill and beauty of downhill skiing at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The American Composers Orchestra read the work in the summer of 1998 as part of their Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions and the Haddonfield Symphony premiered it in March 1999. Slalom is published […]

Commissioning Consortia: Banding Together in the Name of New Music

Russell Peck What’s the only thing better than a performance of a new piece by an American composer? Two performances. And even better – two performances by two different ensembles. How about up to three performances by forty ensembles? That’s what’s happening with Russell Peck’s timpani concerto, Harmonic Rhythm, commissioned by a consortium of more […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre Jalbertphoto by Louise J. Greenfield Pierre Jalbert‘s In Aeternam was commissioned by the California Symphony and was premiered and recorded by them in May 2000 under the direction of Barry Jekowsky. In Aeternam was written as a memorial to Jalbert’s niece, who died at birth. For the composer’s excellent notes on the piece, click […]

New Music and DVD-Audio: A Marriage Built to Last?

Immersion DVD [Author's note: When I first got my hands on Immersion, the new DVD-Audio from the Colorado-based Starkland, I was disappointed to find that there was no accompanying movie. After I missed the mark in last month’s SoundTracks column, Steve Smith, the classical music columnist at Billboard, was kind enough to drag me over […]

First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Albany Symphony

The Albany Symphony received a $25,000 Creativity Grant to support Composing the Future, a multi-faceted project celebrating American composers and their music. During 2001-2002, the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and two smaller ensembles made up of ASO musicians will commission, present and record for national distribution the music of established and emerging American symphonic repertoire. […]

National Foundation for Jewish Culture Awards Grant to Cantata Singers

Cantata SingersPhoto by David Tucker The National Foundation for Jewish Culture has awarded a Susan Rose Recording Fund grant to the Boston-based Cantata Singers and Ensemble for their recent recording of John Harbison‘s Four Psalms. The Susan Rose Recording Fund for Contemporary Jewish Music is a new grants program of the National Foundation for Jewish […]

Jazz Composers Alliance Announces 2000 Hemphill Award Recipients

The Jazz Composers Alliance recently announced the recipients of the 2000 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. A total of $2500 was awarded. In the Jazz Orchestra Category, first prize went to Kari Ikonen of Helsinki, for a piece entitled Luoto. Tied for second place were two Americans: Adam Lane, of Oakland, with his Blues for Richard […]