Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett have been honored as the Official Texas State Musician of the Year in the past, but last year’s honoree was Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. There’s a very good reason for that.
Matthew Ritchie, currently in the midst of an 18-month stint as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s artist-in-residence, presented his collaborative piece Monstrance/Remonstrance with an impressive group of collaborators including Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Evan Ziporyn, and David Sheppard.
The program is a partnership between Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony designed to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas.
The $75,000 awards recognize mid–career, risk–taking artists in dance, film/video, music, theatre, and visual arts. Roberts was chosen as the winner in music for her “charismatic, powerful renderings of sound.”
Snider will compose a new work that will be given its premiere in the 2015-16 season. In addition to concerts presenting her work, Snider will receive a $10,000 prize and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.
From among 112 eligible applicants, 8 composers have been awarded $12,500 to support the development of their compositions as part of a two-year initiative to increase diversity across the field.
Providing great performances and cultural snapshots of Austin then and now, Copland and Mexico and Brooklyn Rider gave us an inside look into where we’ve been and where we’re going.
We musicians know that silence is as precious as sound itself. But we also, like most human beings, fear the idea of a long silence. Is it safe—is it even possible—to pause our perpetual inner soundtrack and be truly alone with our chaotic thoughts, our chaotic selves?
Twenty-seven young composers have been selected from nearly 630 submissions. The award winners share prizes of more than $45,000 and receive complimentary copies of Sibelius software, donated by Avid.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced the recipients of awards totalling $500,000: the biennial John Cage Award, the second Robert Rauschenberg Award, and 14 Grants to Artists awards in the disciplines of dance, music/sound, performance art/theatre, poetry, and visual arts.