With John Duffy, everything was possible. He radiated an optimism as forthright and clear as it was free of guile and self-importance. Though the limits of observable reality might be challenged, audacity never distracted from core purpose. His optimism happily went about its business. It lived solidly on terra firma. It got things done.
As soon as David Stock got know you, he began to meditate on how his network could be used to help you—to make connections, to further your creativity, to further the cause of new music, and even to help you make a living. For as brilliant and accomplished as he was, he was a staunch anti-snob and always remembered how it felt to be starting out.
The Foundation has announced that it will award a total of five commissions for the creation of new musical works. The commissions, awarded to both American and international composers, are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations (also both American and international) that will present performances of the newly composed works.
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.