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PROFILE: Ursula Oppens

Photo by Christian Steiner Molly Sheridan: You’ve achieved quite a reputation in the new music community for your excellent performances, recordings, and commissioning activity. I’m curious about what attracted you to playing that type of music in the first place. As a piano student you could have specialized in many different areas… Ursula Oppens: First […]

PROFILE: Phyllis Curtin

Molly Sheridan: What attracted you to doing so much work in modern repertoire as opposed to specializing in something else? Phyllis Curtin: Well, I think it started when I was first out of college. I graduated from Wellesley in 1943. I was living in Cambridge and working and I knew a variety of composers who […]

2002 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded

Nine composers and two musical scholars are among the award recipients of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-eighth annual United States and Canadian competition. A total of 184 artists, scholars, and scientists were selected from among over 2,800 applicants to receive awards totaling $6,750,000. This year’s awardees include: Composers Robert Livingston Aldridge Louise Beach Nicholas Brooke […]

Koussevitzky Foundations Commission Ten

Sometimes when awards are announced, it’s easy to be numbed by the list of names and numbers and overlook what they mean for the composer and society–that a new piece of music will be written and heard that otherwise might never have seen daylight. Jim Mobberley, one of the nine composers commissioned to write new […]

ACO Selects Eight for 11th Whitaker New Music Readings

Eight composers in the early stages of their careers have been chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra‘s eleventh annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions on April 15. The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work): Mark Applebaum […]

Society for American Music Honors Five Writers

The Society for American Music honored five authors at its recent 28th Annual Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky. Carol Oja, who was recognized for her book Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920’s, also became the society’s president at the meeting. Allen Lott was installed as secretary and Denise von Glahn and Josephine Wright […]

DSO Reissues Historic CBS Records’ Black Composers Series

This month, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra reissued the CBS Records’ Black Composers Series, originally recorded between 1974 and 1979 by Columbia Masterworks and released as part of a nine LP box set. The reissue of the historically significant recordings was made possible by the DSO’s 2002 Classical Roots Celebration Committee, a group of prominent metro-Detroiters […]