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10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Leonard Lewis

Leonard Lewisphoto by Gary Austin Leonard Lewis describes his Concerto for Orchestra, written to fulfill his dissertation at the University of Texas, as a “crossroads” in his compositional style. Earlier in his compositional career, Lewis was influenced by the diatonic music of Michael Torke; more recently, he found himself interested in the chromatic writing of […]

George Crumb’s Star-Child wins Grammy

George Crumbphoto by Sabine Matthes Congratulations to George Crumb on being honored with a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition at the 43rd annual presentation of the awards on February 21, 2001. The winning piece, Star-Child, for soprano, antiphonal children’s voices, male speaking choir, bell ringers, and large orchestra, was composed in 1977 and recorded […]

Yehudi Wyner Signs with Associated Music Publishers

Yehudi Wynerphoto by Susan Davenny Wyner Associated Music Publishers, Inc. has announced the signing of Yehudi Wyner to an exclusive five-year agreement in which the company will represent the music formerly self-published by Wyner. “It’s been a long exile, but I feel I’m coming home,” said Wyner after his 10-year absence from Associated Music Publishers. […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Gerald Plain

Gerald Plainphoto by Louis Ouzer Gerald Plain has had his compositions performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, and the Louisville Orchestra. His awards include an Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American […]

Augusta Read Thomas Renews Contract as Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-In-Residence Through the 2005-2006 Concert Season

Music Director Daniel Barenboim announced at a press conference on February 20, 2001, that composer Augusta Read Thomas has renewed her contract as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s Composer-in-Residence through the 2005-2006 concert season. Ms. Thomas has held the position since September 1997. Augusta Read ThomasPhoto by Jerome de Perlinghi “I am thankful and honored to […]

First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Minnesota Orchestra

The Minnesota Orchestra received $75,000 to support the creation and performance of 11 commissions for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 by the Minnesota Orchestral Association. To celebrate the 2003 centennial, the Minnesota Orchestra committed to commissioning, performing and recording major new works from some of the world’s leading composers, with world premieres of 30 works over […]

Harmonia Mundi USA to Distribute Bang On A Can’s Cantaloupe Music

In January, Bang On A Can and harmonia mundi usa announced a partnership for the exclusive distribution of Bang On A Can’s new recording project, Cantaloupe Music. Cantaloupe Music represents the culmination of 13 years of ground-breaking concerts and a decade of successful recording projects on multiple major record labels. harmonia mundi will distribute Cantaloupe’s […]

First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Portland Stage Company

Kim D. Shermanphoto of by John Sheehy The Portland Stage Company, in partnership with the Women’s Project and Productions, received $22,000 to support the development and co-production of Leaving Queens, with book and lyrics by Kate Moira Ryan and music by Kim D. Sherman. Leaving Queens played in Portland from January 30 to February 18, […]

Four Americans Among Masterprize Semi-Finalists

The twelve semi-finalists have been announced for the second Masterprize international composing competition. Of the twelve semi-finalists, four are American: Carter Pann, Derek Bermel, Anthony Iannaccone, and Pierre Jalbert. [Click on the name of a semi-finalist for more information. For a complete list of semi-finalists, click here.] Over the coming months, the works of these […]

First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Michigan Opera Theatre

Richard Danielpourby Bill Bernstein, courtesy G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers Michigan Opera Theatre received $25,000 to support the commission of an American opera, Margaret Garner by Richard Danielpour, with libretto by author Toni Morrison. The opera is based on the true story of a woman born into slavery around 1840, who, with her two children, tries […]