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Lorin Maazel/New York Philharmonic Balance Old and New For 2002-2003 Season

Lorin Maazel On January 8, 2002, the New York Philharmonic announced its 2002-03 concert calendar, a 34-week subscription season during which new Music Director Lorin Maazel will take over the famed podium. Though many in the critical press were quick to voice their skepticism about the appointment of the 71-year-old Maazel, suggesting that perhaps a […]

Third Season of Music Alive – Composers and Orchestras Together Announced

Ten American composers and seven orchestras are teaming up for the third round of Music Alive – Composers and Orchestras Together residencies during the 2002-03 season. A collaboration between Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League, the program pairs orchestras with composers who serve as advocates for contemporary music both within the organization […]

44th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Revealed

Nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards were announced at a star-studded press conference Friday in Beverly Hills. The 44th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 27 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. This year’s addition of a category for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration brings the total to 101 categories covering 28 musical fields. […]

$350,000 Granted by Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts

Mikel Rouse The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts has awarded $350,000 in grants to support innovative artists and arts organizations. Twelve grants of $24,000 each have been given to artists working in the U.S. and abroad, including five to musicians—David First, Jin Hi Kim, Jim O’Rourke, Mikel Rouse, and Michael Schumacher. In addition, $61,000 has […]

Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Commissions Thirteen

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has singled out thirteen composers from over 200 applicants to receive 2001 Fromm commissions, the Board of Directors has announced. The $10,000 commissions represent one of the principal ways the foundation seeks to fulfill its mission “to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary music closer to the public.” […]

Composers and Conductors Team Up for SYNERGY at LA Phil

Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to mentor collaborations across the two disciplines.Photo credit by Clive Barda-PAL The Los Angeles Philharmonic has unveiled Synergy: Composer and Conductor, a new five-day intensive workshop designed to foster relationships between young conductors and composers and to provide both with constructive experience working in front of a full symphony orchestra. The Philharmonic […]

ASCAP Foundation Awards Recognize Potential, Honor Lifetime Achievement

The ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships, intended to support developing musical talent and recognize lifetime musical achievement, were awarded for the sixth year at a reception held in New York City in December. In her opening remarks, ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman noted that the awards were the demonstration of a “small idea now making a […]

34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winners Honored

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has announced the 34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast, and news media coverage of music. ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman, who presided over the awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center in early December, noted that in the award’s history, tens of thousands […]

Letters from Abroad: Derek Bermel Calls Home

Derek Bermel, always at home in New YorkPhoto by Tom LeGoff “It’s so beautiful,” composer Derek Bermel says when I ask how his Rome Prize residency is going at the American Academy. The thirty-four year old composer is spending his days—absent of the weight of routine commitments—composing (his Westchester commission, among other projects), learning Italian, […]