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Commissioning Music/USA Supports 25 New Works

Meredith Monk is commissioned to write a new opera/musical theater productionPhoto by K. Scott S Meet The Composer‘s Commissioning Music/USA 2001 program has announced $290,750 in grants to support the creation of new musical works. Thirty-one composers will team up with a wide range of performing/presenting organizations across the country to create 25 innovative pieces. […]

Heitzeg Celebrates Nobel Laureates

Composer Steve Heitzeg honors Nobel Prize with commemorative symphony Steve Heitzeg‘s Nobel Symphony, commissioned by Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, will be premiered on October 2, 2001 as part of the Nobel Conference held annually since 1965 on the campus. Heitzeg, himself a Gustavus alumnus, was approached to write the piece in recognition […]

JCA Calls for Jazz Scores

JCA sponsors the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, in honor of the legendary alto sax The Jazz Composers Alliance has put out a call for entries in the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Works scored for large (8+ instruments) and small (1-7 instruments) ensembles will be accepted until December 15, 2001. The winning […]

NSO Anticipates Season of Encores

June and John HechingerPhoto courtesy of the Hechingers John and June Hechinger have once again demonstrated their commitment to American composers and the creation of new music. Through their support, Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced a new series of commissions: The Hechinger Encores. The funding will support the commissioning […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Jefferson Friedman

Jefferson Friedman can’t divulge when his Encore‘s commission will be performed exactly (the National Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure the performances are a surprise to the audience), but he will say that the work will be performed in the early fall and that it has already been signed and delivered to the NSO. “This […]

No Progress in Foison Plagiarism Case

Whose music is this?Photo by Melissa Richard On June 7, 2001, Philip Kennicott, writing for the Washington Post, reported that the Capitol Hill Chorale had discovered their American premiere of Tristan Foison‘s Requiem Mass had not only not been the work’s first US performance, but wasn’t the Atlanta-based composer’s work at all. An audience member […]

Free Scores Made Available Online By Composer

Pianist and composer Frederic Rzewski American pianist and composer Rzewski and pianist Jenny Lin have teamed up to distribute his music free to anyone who is interested in it. That’s right, free. The composer got the idea after reading an article that used the term “copyleft” to refer to a category of software that could […]

Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Calls for Scores

Composer Aaron Jay KernisPhoto by Daniel Voigt courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Under the guidance of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, up to nine composers will have their orchestral works read by the Minnesota Orchestra and participate in a six-day immersion into the workings of the American symphony orchestra. The orchestra has partnered with the American […]

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 […]