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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 […]

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 […]

Adams Festival Highlights 37th Great Performers Season

Lincoln Center A nine-event tribute to composer John Adams will be a centerpiece of the 2002/03 Lincoln Center Great Performers‘ season. The 102-event calendar will encompass a total of 17 premieres and 15 debuts. In addition to the Adams festival, Great Performers highlights include a festival of the music of Hector Berlioz, the world-premiere of […]