Elodie Lauten (1950-2014) loved and respected music as a spiritual force and, with the wisdom of a sage, passionately instilled in others its importance, power, and significance. Using music, she nobly changed lives; there is no greater compliment.
Five jazz legends and 36 emerging talents were honored at the 2014 ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony. It was an extraordinary celebration of the past, present, and future of jazz.
Among the first-prize winners in 13 separate award categories (ranging from educational folios to piano and guitar solos to choral and full orchestra scores) were publications containing music by Eric Ewazen, William Bolcom, and Mohammed Fairouz.
ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in the music of our time.
Maria Schneider, Paola Prestini, James M. Kendrick, John Nuechterlein and the American Composers Forum, plus the 27 recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, were honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) during its 15th Annual Concert Music Awards.
Twenty composers were honored during the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial, including 18 award recipients who received cash prizes totaling over $200,000.
Eight young composers, aged 14 to 27, received cash prizes totaling $20,000 during the 62nd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Among the winners were Michael Boyman and Daniel Temkin who tied for the William Schuman Prize, the top honor, and Benjamin P. Wenzelberg who received the Carlos Surinach Prize, awarded to the competition’s youngest winner.
David T. Little has been selected from over 100 applicants as the fourth composer in residence in a collaborative initiative between Opera Philadelphia and two NYC-based organizations—Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group.
Operatic director Peter Sellars and rock icon Chuck Berry are the two recipients of the 2014 Polar prize. Each recipient receives a total amount of one million SEK (roughly $160,000 US).
That’s how I will always remember Leo Kraft: in the thick of it. He was always engaged. He didn’t just show up to life, he participated fully. And his music was never “easy”; he cared too much about music and the art of listening for it to be “easy.”