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American Music Festival Broadcast on WNYC Radio

Banner from an early concert programCourtesy WNYC WNYC Radio, New York’s independent public radio station, kicks off a seven-evening American Music Festival tonight at 8 p.m. Since 1939, the station has annually celebrated a wide range of American music, from folk to classical, between Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays. This year’s event covers a lot of […]

Major Gift Endows CSO Composer-In-Residence Chair

Augusta Read Thomas, CSO Composer-in-ResidenceCourtesy Northwestern University Archive In what is believed to be a first for an American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has received a major gift to endow a composer-in-residence chair. CSO Trustee Cynthia Sargent and her sister, Governing Member Sally Hands, made the contribution that will endow the chair for a […]

Juilliard’s Joel Sachs Wins 2002 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Joel SachsPhoto Nanette Melville, copyright 2001 Joel Sachs, founder and conductor of the New Juilliard Ensemble, has been recognized with Columbia‘s 2002 Ditson Conductor’s Award for his commitment to the performance of American works. He joins a list of recipients that includes Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Tilson Thomas, and James DePreist. […]

Bush Requests $117 Million for NEA; Mason Steps in as Acting Chairman

Yesterday President Bush requested a $117 million budget appropriation for the National Endowment for the Arts in Fiscal Year 2003. Though most media attention has been given to the political debate surrounding the President’s proposed increases in defense spending and resulting cuts in other areas, this year’s NEA request represents a $12 million increase over […]

Combining Forces

Many writers don’t comprehend why composers desire to set their literary works to music, believing the writing to be complete and satisfying alone. On the flipside, many musicians feel that words simplify the complexity of their emotions, reminding us that music can express that which cannot be expressed linguistically. Despite these arguments, well over a […]

OBITUARY: New NEA Chair Michael Hammond, 69

Michael P. HammondCourtesy of Rice University Michael Hammond, confirmed as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on Dec. 20, 2001, died last night. He was 69. “It is a tragic loss for our nation that his tenure has been cut so short,” Mark Weinberg, Director of Communications for the Endowment, said in a […]