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Copying Assistance Program Awards $20,300 to Composers

Sixteen American composers have been awarded grants totaling $20,300 through the American Music Center‘s Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program (CAP). The awards go directly to the composers, ranging in age from 26 to 92, to assist in the production of materials for the premiere performance of their proposed large-scale work (four or more performers). […]

Bang On A Can Breaks Into Amazon’s Classical Top 5 with Riley’s In C

Bang on a Can Plays Terry Riley: In CImage courtesy Bang on a Can Bang On A Can‘s recording Terry Riley: In C, the latest release from upstart label Cantaloupe Music, has been riding the waves of amazon.com‘s top 20 classical sellers throughout November. The disc held its own and, surprising even the optimists in […]

Michael Harrison’s Revelations

Michael HarrisonPhoto by Junghee Choi, courtesy Michael Harrison When composer Michael Harrison sits down at his piano and begins to play, the sound is distinctive. Listen for a minute and you may pick up on the fact that his normal-looking grand piano has been tampered with—Harrison has customized its tuning and in doing so has […]

Web Radio Challenges Status Quo

Courtesy Jazz FM and KING-FM A jazz and a classical radio station rank among the top five streaming networks on the Internet, according to a report on Internet radio listening released in November by MeasureCast, Inc. London-based Jazz FM took the number one slot for the second month in a row and Seattle’s classical radio […]

American Composers from Cowell to Marshall Invade Indie-Rock Zine

Courtesy epitonic.com A friend recently asked if I had an Ingram Marshall disc he could borrow. Coming from someone whose musical explorations rarely extend outside of the indie rock scene, I was happy to oblige but curious where the sudden interest had come from. The answer came back as a link to epitonic.com, a music […]

Kernis Wins 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition

Kernis picks up Grawemeyer for Colored FieldPhoto courtesy Minnesota Orchestra Aaron Jay Kernis has won the 2002 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Though little-known outside the music community, the honor carries a prestige within the industry along with a $200,000 cash prize dispersed over 5 years. Kernis picked up the award for […]

New Music Advocate Don Gillespie Steps Down At C. F. Peters

Don GillespiePhoto by Sabine Matthes In September, Don Gillespie stepped down from his post as Director of Copyright as well as Vice President and Director of the Board at the C.F. Peters Corporation, bringing to a close a career that has spanned 31 years. During that time, Gillespie established an outstanding reputation among friends and […]

Jennifer Higdon Promoted at Curtis

Jennifer Higdon: Professor of Composition, Theory, and History at CurtisPhoto courtesy Jennifer When I call Jennifer Higdon to talk about her recent promotion to Professor of Composition, Theory, and History at the Curtis Institute of Music, she seems surprised that anyone has been paying attention. When it happened, she says, “It didn’t seem like a […]

Michael Hersch: An American in Berlin

Michael HerschPhoto courtesy Michael Hersch People are talking about 30-year-old composer Michael Hersch. Love his music or not, his rapid rise to prominence has been turning heads in his direction for several years now. Hersch’s biographical sketch would give pause to even the most cynical in the field, especially since his involvement in classical music […]

Murderous Love Triangle Topic of Tobias Picker’s Latest Opera

The many faces of Tobias PickerPhoto courtesy Tobias Picker Mix a love triangle with a murder and you’ve likely got some very good raw material for an opera. At the end of the month, the Dallas Opera will test the theory when they premiere Thérèse Raquin by composer Tobias Picker. Based on the novel of […]