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Creating ambiance is much more than adding a fish tank, some framed art, and a cool lamp or two. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to add another dimension: music—so here are my spatial visions for the 36 new releases of American music this month.

Talking Shop with Kenneth Frazelle

North Carolina composer Kenneth FrazellePhoto courtesy Fine Arts Management “I’m not the contest winning-type,” composer Ken Frazelle protests when I reach him at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to talk about his 2001 Barlow Prize. “The president of the Barlow Foundation called and I said, ‘You’re kidding,’ because I feel like something of an […]

Kenneth Frazelle Awarded $10,000 Barlow Prize; Eight Others Receive Commissions

Barlow Endowment bestows $50,000 in commissions Interview with Kenneth Frazelle Nine commissions have been awarded by The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. North Carolina composer Kenneth Frazelle has won the largest of these—the Barlow Prize. This year the $10,000 commission is for a sacred song cycle scheduled for premiere by Erie […]

Harrison Recognized as MA Composer of the Year

Photo by David Harsany Lou Harrison has been named Composer of the Year by Musical America. He was honored, along with the year’s other category winners, at a Carnegie Hall reception in December. The prestigious Musician of the Year went to British conductor Simon Rattle; Midori, Instrumentalist of the Year; René Pape, Vocalist of the […]

American Mavericks

Courtesy University of California Press [Ed. note—Released in December, the University of California Press has issued American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts, with an accompanying CD. The high-gloss, picture loaded book is both a record of the San Francisco Symphony festival of the same name and a catalogue of the American Mavericks who shaped the 20th […]

Lisa Schiff Named J@LC Chairman

J@LC’s new Chairman Lisa Schiff with Bruce MacCombie, Executive Director, and Wynton Marsalis, Artistic DirectorPhoto by Frank Stewart, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz at Lincoln Center‘s Board of Directors has unanimously elected longtime member Lisa Schiff as the organization’s new chairman of the Board, effective immediately. She succeeds previous J@LC Chairman R. Theodore Ammon, […]

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 […]