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Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard Commissions Thirteen

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has singled out thirteen composers from over 200 applicants to receive 2001 Fromm commissions, the Board of Directors has announced. The $10,000 commissions represent one of the principal ways the foundation seeks to fulfill its mission “to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary music closer to the public.” […]

Composers and Conductors Team Up for SYNERGY at LA Phil

Composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to mentor collaborations across the two disciplines.Photo credit by Clive Barda-PAL The Los Angeles Philharmonic has unveiled Synergy: Composer and Conductor, a new five-day intensive workshop designed to foster relationships between young conductors and composers and to provide both with constructive experience working in front of a full symphony orchestra. The Philharmonic […]

ASCAP Foundation Awards Recognize Potential, Honor Lifetime Achievement

The ASCAP Foundation Awards and Scholarships, intended to support developing musical talent and recognize lifetime musical achievement, were awarded for the sixth year at a reception held in New York City in December. In her opening remarks, ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman noted that the awards were the demonstration of a “small idea now making a […]

34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Award Winners Honored

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has announced the 34th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast, and news media coverage of music. ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman, who presided over the awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center in early December, noted that in the award’s history, tens of thousands […]

Letters from Abroad: Derek Bermel Calls Home

Derek Bermel, always at home in New YorkPhoto by Tom LeGoff “It’s so beautiful,” composer Derek Bermel says when I ask how his Rome Prize residency is going at the American Academy. The thirty-four year old composer is spending his days—absent of the weight of routine commitments—composing (his Westchester commission, among other projects), learning Italian, […]

Gerald Cohen on Music, Religion, and the Bridge Between

Cohen at home in the studioPhoto by Susan Woog Wagner Westchester Prize-winning composer Gerald Cohen is a cantor at Temple Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, New York, and when I spoke with him, I have to admit that I was most curious about what that means with regard to his music. What it is to be […]

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 […]

Music America Needs Now

Do audiences need to be protected from provocative art?Picasso: Mère et Enfant, 1902. In the current social and political climate, what kind of art do audiences need? And what’s more, who should be deciding what they should see or what they can handle? That delicate question has been falling on presenters, conductors, and executive directors […]

Florida Philharmonic Throws New Music Overboard Trying to Save Ship

New music left in the wake of Florida Philharmonic revampPhoto by Ian Britton A program to present new music to Florida residents has become a casualty of the financial crunch facing the Florida Philharmonic. The orchestra has cancelled its Brief Encounters, a concept (credited to Music Director James Judd who has since resigned) that was […]