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Wynton Marsalis Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

Wynton Marsalis and Secretary General Kofi AnnanPhoto courtesy of the UN Photo Library At a ceremony at United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 20, 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Having toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) […]

Oregon Symphony to Record American Repertoire

James DePreistPhoto courtesy of the Oregon Symphony The Oregon Symphony and its music director James DePreist are the recipients of a $1 million grant designated specifically for recording. The monies will be used to establish the Gretchen Brooks Recording Fund, named for its donor. The gift, which also recognizes DePreist’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra, […]

Stephen Hartke

Stephen HartkePhoto by Dan Adair University of Southern California Professor Stephen Hartke wrote Tituli for The Hilliard Ensemble, who gave the first performance of the work in 1999 at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Austria. The same ensemble gave the American premiere in January. The forty-minute piece is scored for five male singers, a violinist, […]

Fred Lerdahl

Fred Lerdahl Photo by John Sheretz Columbia University Professor Fred Lerdahl composed Time After Time in the summer and fall of 2000 for the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and for Collage New Music. The two-movement work is approximately eighteen minutes long, and it is scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano. “Both […]

Cindy McTee

Cindy McTeePhoto by Angilee Wilkerson, UNT University of North Texas Professor Cindy McTee will use her Guggenheim Fellowship money to work on a “symphonic-length piece.” The piece will have four movements, the third of which will be a waltz. The waltz is not “old sounding,” Dr. McTee stressed, but it does “look back” to a […]

Kevin Puts

Kevin PutsPhoto by Christian Steiner Kevin Puts is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Young Concert Artist‘s Composer in Residence. Dr. Puts will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to complete several orchestral commissions. He is writing a new piece for the American Composers Orchestra that will receive its premiere at Carnegie Hall […]

Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2001

Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-seventh annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced on April 12, 2001 by Foundation President Joel Conarroe. The year 2001 Fellowship winners include 183 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 2700 applicants for awards totaling $6,588,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors, […]

Susan Youens

Susan YouensPhoto courtesy of S. Youens Notre Dame Professor of Musicology Professor Susen Youens is “thrilled” to have received one of the two Guggenheim Fellowships awarded to music scholars. The grant will allow her start a new book on the social history of the 19th-century German lied. “I’m interested in finding out about how nationalistic […]

Soundtracks: May 2001

I was going to organize this month’s SoundTracks around the subject of composers and conductors, but I got distracted (chalk it up to spring fever). Remember that silly game, a few years back, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” Well, I got to playing that with the CDs. Take Tan Dun’s soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden […]

Joseph Horowitz

Joseph HorowitzPhoto courtesy of Joseph Horowitz Noted American writer Joseph Horowitz is using the Guggenheim grant to support his newest work, a complete history of American musical life during the Gilded Age. Mr. Horowitz will focus on concert music and opera written and performed between the Civil War and World War I. “I believe that […]