Masterprize, the international composers’ competition, has announced new partnerships with Classic FM and Gramophone. They will join with the London Symphony Orchestra and EMI to present the third competition which will commence in the spring of 2002. In addition, conductor Mariss Jansons has accepted the position of Artistic Adviser to the competition, taking charge of […]
Composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hollander, Secretary of the academy, will induct them, along with three new artists and four new writers, at the academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Reached shortly after the announcement and still reeling from his recent […]
In the course of a three-month Beethoven festival which concludes this week, the Phoenix Symphony performed five world premieres, written “in the spirit of” Beethoven by young American composers. Notably, three of the five are represented by the non-profit organization Young Concert Artists. Phoenix Symphony Music Director Hermann Michael assures that it was pure coincidence. […]
NSO to South Dakota for residency, Slatkin extends contract; Minnesota Orch. reads new works; New York magazine highlights new music.
Seventeen composers at various stages in their careers have been recognized with awards totaling $175,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Candidates were nominated by the Academy’s membership and winners were selected by a panel which included Jack Beeson (chairman), Samuel Adler, Andrew Imbrie, Ezra Laderman, George Perle, Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, and […]
Philip Blackburn, innova directorPhoto by Nick Trotter Doom and gloom forecasts concerning the state of the classical recording industry are so pervasive they’re cliché, but despite the pessimism the McKnight Foundation has seen it fit to award a $1 million grant to the American Composers Forum to endow its innova Recordings label and Recording Assistance […]
In preparation for an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on surrealism, I am in the midst of re-reading André Breton’s first Surrealist Manifesto. I am always a little tickled by his vigorous academic defense—calling upon Freud, Proust, and Pascal—of the games he and his hand-picked disciples played. In a less pretentious, yet equally […]