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Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Michael Abels

Michael Abels Michael Abels, halfway through writing his Encore composition, has made a discovery. “I think I now get how a dessert chef feels,” he says, laughing. “Because you’re definitely not what people are coming to the restaurant for, and yet you’re their last impression. I think ideally an encore is something that should achieve […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Tina Davidson

Tina Davidson “I have plans, I just don’t know what they are yet,” Tina Davidson admits when asked about early ideas for her Hechinger Encore. Though distracted by a deadline for another commission, she’s expecting that writing the piece for the National Symphony Orchestra is going to be a lot of fun. “I’m assuming they […]

MacCombie Takes Reins at J@LC

Jazz at Lincoln Center has named Bruce MacCombie, dean of the School of the Arts at Boston University and accomplished composer, as the organization’s new executive director effective September 1, 2001. Prior to his position in Boston, the 57-year-old executive served as Dean of The Juilliard School. He has also held positions on the faculty […]

California Symphony Taps Stacey Street

Stacy Street assumes the role of executive director of the California Symphony The California Symphony has appointed Stacey Street, currently the interim executive director of the Bay Area’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as the new executive director. She assumes the post after Labor Day. Street comes to the position with a number of successes behind her […]

Playing American: California Symphony Marks Fifteen Years

California Symphony Music Director Barry JekowskyPhoto courtesy of Pavilion Associates The California Symphony is celebrating its 15th anniversary this season by highlighting the performers and programs responsible for its success. But no one is likely more responsible for that success than founding Music Director Barry Jekowsky. His longstanding commitment to presenting American music and supporting […]

Schwann Inside Shifts Focus

As of the November 2001 issue, Schwann Inside Classical and Jazz will be taken off the newsstands and distributed exclusively to music retailers. After 14 monthly issues as a consumer publication offering in-depth coverage of both the jazz and classical-music worlds, Inside will be redirected to take on a merchant focus. Publisher Ali Crawford says […]

Tower Records Leaning

What does it mean for classical music? In the months since word of Tower Records‘ buying hold on the indie classical labels Harmonia Mundi, Allegro, and Qualiton hit the industry, the giant record retailer has worked to streamline its operation and fend off threats of bankruptcy. Though Tower lifted the freeze only a few days […]

Changes Ahead At Women’s Philharmonic

Women’s Philharmonic Last spring, the Women’s Philharmonic announced that it was canceling plans for a 2001-02 concert season. Board President Robyn Bramhall spoke with NewMusicBox about the direction in which the organization plans to head now. “The board of directors is still here and sound,” Bramhall assures. Currently, “we’re looking at whether and how to […]

ASCAP Year 2001 Chorus and Orchestra Awards for Adventurous Programming

Gerard Schwartz and Frances Richard present an award to Sandra Madden, general manager of the Colora The Awards for Adventurous Programming, offered annually for the past 44 years by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have once again been awarded to American choruses and orchestras demonstrating an “exceptional commitment to contemporary composers.” The […]