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Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84

Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson Composer Dorothy Cadzow Hokanson, 84, died June 26, 2001, in Seattle after being ill four-years with multiple systems atrophy. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 9, 1916, Hokanson began her musical studies at the piano with her mother. She later took up the violin before devoting herself to composition. Hokanson graduated from […]

Masterprize Finalist: Anthony Iannaccone

Anthony IannacconePhoto courtesy of Masterprize Anthony Iannaccone confesses that he entered Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound in the Masterprize competition by default. He had intended to submit his faster and more dazzling (and more frequently performed) West End Express, but competition rules concerning the premiere date kept it out of the running. Initially he […]

What’s It All About?

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, ‘Is there a meaning to music?’ My answer would be, ‘Yes.’ And ‘Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?’ My answer to that would be, ‘No.’ Aaron Copland And what if I asked, “Then can you really express the meaning of […]

William Grant Still Family Donates $68,000 for Radio Promotion

William Grant StillPhoto courtesy Carl Fischer Music The family of the late African-American composer William Grant Still is once again offering free recordings of his works to radio stations around the world. An ongoing project, the $68,000 needed to fund the purchase of CDs for this year’s campaign was raised from sheet music sales and […]

Down Beat Honors College Jazz Musicians

Eastman Jazz EnsemblePhoto courtesy of the Eastman School of Music The Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Jazz Ensemble I took top honors in the collegiate level jazz big band division of the 24th Annual Down Beat Student Music Awards. Both ensembles are veterans to the award, Eastman having won the […]

San Francisco Symphony and John Adams Embark on 10-year Plan

John Adams and Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto courtesy Shuman Associates The San Francisco Symphony has announced a ten-year commissioning project with composer John Adams. The endeavor will result in the creation of four new works, beginning with a piece to be written for the SFS’s 2002-03 European Tour and culminating with a commission in celebration of […]

AMC Library Moves to NYPL at Lincoln Center

Moving the AMC LibraryPhotos by Lyn Liston On June 29, 2001, the American Music Center (AMC) historic collection of more than 60,000 scores and recordings of works by American composers was transferred to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPL) at Lincoln Center. In a joint statement issued by AMC and NYPL, […]

Juilliard Jazz Inaugural Class

Victor GoinesPhoto by Nan Miller, courtesy of The Juilliard School Juilliard has announced the names of the first eighteen students admitted to the new Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, founded jointly by The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The new Juilliard jazz faculty, including clarinetist, saxophonist and new Director of Jazz Studies Victor […]

Nothing to Fear?

I don’t have a lot of fears. I walk alone at night feeling foolishly invincible. On a recent tour to Venezuela, I spent 14 hours on a bus, teetering at the edge of the Andes with only a Dramamine and a bus driver named Jèsus to ease any queasiness. I even like spiders thanks to […]

American Symphony Orchestra League Meets in Seattle

Laurie Shulman Where is the orchestra going in the twenty-first century? We’ve all read plenty of articles and heard numerous discussions on this subject dating back to a couple of years before Y2K. That didn’t stop the American Symphony Orchestra League from tackling the topic at its 56th National Conference in Seattle last week. Overarching […]