In 1948, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra embarked on an innovative commissioning project advocated by board president Charles P. Farnsley (who coincidentally was also the acting mayor of Louisville) that would end up commissioning 116 new works from 101 composers by 1959, masterfully conducted by Robert Whitney. Matthew Walters, the managing director of SFMG, has acquired the rights for his organization to re-release dozens of these recordings.
Broadway’s 325 union musicians are officially on strike, meaning that for the first time since 1975, Broadway theaters will be deprived of live music
I have just heard Audra McDonald on the radio telling me yet again that Broadway producers are attempting to “reduce and eliminate live music on Broadway”—and I find myself “mad as hell, and I can’t take it anymore.” On its face alone the concept is ludicrous; barely scratching its surface it becomes offensive and a […]
Shulamit Ran and Philip Glass are the newest composer members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were elected to the Academy in January along with artists Jennifer Bartlett, the late Al Hirschfeld, Yvonne Jacquette and William King, and writers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and C.K Williams. The eight new members will be inducted at […]
Twelve men were chosen from 150 applicants to receive commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The $10,000 commissions form one of the foundation’s primary programs and aim “to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.” The recipients of the 2002 Fromm […]
The establishment of the Sylvia Goldstein Award award was announced at Lincoln Center‘s Clark Studio on February 10 to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Ms. Goldstein, a tireless advocate who supported the careers of three generations of American composers during a half century in the music business.
From Bing to Babbitt, the 50 recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry represent a truly a diverse bunch. At the end of January, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the inaugural 50 recordings that were to be inducted into the National Recording Registry. The Registry was established at the Library of Congress […]
The hills of the Bay Area are alive with new music The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation commissioned 6 Northern California composers to create works for six nonprofit performer and producing organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally intended to be for $25,000, additional funds provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation doubled […]