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OBITUARY: Composer and Pianist Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein Photo courtesy Severo M. Ornstein Russian born composer and pianist Leo Ornstein died peacefully on February 24 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was born in December of either 1892 or 1893, making him either 108 nor 109 years old. Ornstein was recognized as a piano prodigy at an early age. He studied at […]

OBITUARY: Composer Advocate Sylvia Goldstein, 82

Sylvia Goldstein, a board member of the American Music Center and a former corporate vice president of Boosey & Hawkes, died at her home on Monday afternoon, January 21, 2002, after a long battle with cancer. She was 82. In early January, the AMC Board of Directors awarded Goldstein a 2002 Letter of Distinction, the […]

OBITUARY: New NEA Chair Michael Hammond, 69

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 statement. “All of us at the […]

OBITUARY: Ronald Freed, 64, Head of European American Music Distributors

Ronald FreedPhoto courtesy ASCAP Ronald Freed, head of European American Music Distributors and noted supporter of American composers, died February 20, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 64. Tom Broido, President of the Theodore Presser Company and the Music Publishers’ Association of the U.S. (a position Freed also held at one point), expressed the […]

KOCH sells European Arm to Universal

Universal Music International has purchased Koch Music, the European recorded music and music publishing arm of the Koch Group. According to a statement released by Koch, the sale will not affect Koch’s American companies. Both New York-based Koch Entertainment and Port Washington- and Toronto-based Koch International “remain under their present ownership and retain their full […]

CARP Issues Royalty Rate Recommendations for Webcasting

Will royalty rates kill off music webcasting? Sending a wave of concern through the industry, the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) has issued its royalty rate recommendations for webcasts of public performances of sound recordings. The fee structure (35 percent of the fee requested by the recording industry, according to the RIAA, but about 10 […]

Future’s So Bright? Music on the Net

A few weeks ago, Jupiter Media Matrix held a teleconference on the current state of the much talked about (but as of yet little heard) Internet music subscription services. The heads of MusicNet, pressplay, FullAudio, Listen.com, and Rioport were all on the line to discuss the development of the industry and offer a few projections […]

Fulbright Lecturer Armen Donelian Takes Jazz on the Road to Armenia

Photo by Judy Benvenuti Composer and jazzman Armen Donelian is heading eastward to Russia and Armenia this March to perform and teach as a Fulbright Scholar. After a week of concerts and master classes in St. Petersburg, Donelian will travel to Yerevan, Armenia to teach for three months as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Yerevan […]

Adams to Commemorate Sept. 11

John Adams The New York Philharmonic has invited composer John Adams to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a work titled On the Transmigration of Souls. On September 19, as part of the first subscription program of the 2002-03 season, the Philharmonic and the New York Choral Artists will give the […]