News

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Carter Pann

Carter Pannphoto by Carolyn Lukancic Carter Pann’s nine-minute Slalom depicts the awesome thrill and beauty of downhill skiing at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The American Composers Orchestra read the work in the summer of 1998 as part of their Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions and the Haddonfield Symphony premiered it in March 1999. Slalom is published […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre Jalbertphoto by Louise J. Greenfield Pierre Jalbert‘s In Aeternam was commissioned by the California Symphony and was premiered and recorded by them in May 2000 under the direction of Barry Jekowsky. In Aeternam was written as a memorial to Jalbert’s niece, who died at birth. For the composer’s excellent notes on the piece, click […]

First Arts Endowment Grants of 2001: Albany Symphony

The Albany Symphony received a $25,000 Creativity Grant to support Composing the Future, a multi-faceted project celebrating American composers and their music. During 2001-2002, the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and two smaller ensembles made up of ASO musicians will commission, present and record for national distribution the music of established and emerging American symphonic repertoire. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Commissioning Consortia: Banding Together in the Name of New Music

Russell Peck What’s the only thing better than a performance of a new piece by an American composer? Two performances. And even better – two performances by two different ensembles. How about up to three performances by forty ensembles? That’s what’s happening with Russell Peck’s timpani concerto, Harmonic Rhythm, commissioned by a consortium of more […]

Masterprize Semi-Finalist: Anthony Iannaccone

Anthony IannacconePhoto by Dick Schwartz Anthony Iannaccone’s Waiting for Sunrise on the Sound was commissioned by the NOVA fund. It was given its premiere in 1998 by the Plymouth Symphony, with the composer conducting, and was recorded in February 2000 by the Czech Radio Orchestra, conducted by Vladimír Válek. In addition to a planned commercial […]

New Music and DVD-Audio: A Marriage Built to Last?

Immersion DVD [Author’s note: When I first got my hands on Immersion, the new DVD-Audio from the Colorado-based Starkland, I was disappointed to find that there was no accompanying movie. After I missed the mark in last month’s SoundTracks column, Steve Smith, the classical music columnist at Billboard, was kind enough to drag me over […]

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 […]