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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 […]

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 […]

Masterprize Finalist: Pierre Jalbert

Pierre Jalbert, currently living in Rome as a recipient of the Rome Prize and Fellowship for 2000-2001, says that his involvement in the Masterprize competition has already had a significant impact on his career.

Masterprize Finalist: Carter Pann

Carter PannPhoto courtesy of Masterprize Carter Pann may be the youngest of the five Masterprize finalists, but you wouldn’t think it possible after reading through his list of honors. The 28-year-old composer has been recognized with first prizes in the Zoltan Kodaly and Francois d’Albert Concours Internationale de Composition competitions, a concerto commission for clarinetist […]

Repertoire submitted by award winning orchestras

San Francisco Symphony John Adams El Niño John Adams The Chairman Dances John Adams Lollapalooza John Adams Shaker Loops John Adams Grand Pianola Music George Benjamin Palimpsest Luciano Berio Requies John Cage Dance/4 Orchestras David Carlson Dreamkeepers: Symphonic Sequences Elliott Carter Two Diversions Elliott Carter Retrouvailles Elliott Carter 90+ Peter Maxwell Davies Cross Lane Fair […]

Jon Magnussen’s E-mail Correspondence with Molly Sheridan

Molly Sheridan corresponded by email with Magnussen to find out more about his plans for the residency in addition to asking him a few philosophical questions about being a composer. A transcript of that exchange appears here. MOLLY SHERIDAN: The artist-in-residence position at the Institute seems like an amazing opportunity for a composer to both […]

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Masterprize Lists Finalists; Winner to be Decided on October 10

Masterprize, London’s international composer prize, has announced the 2001 competition’s five finalists. Founded by John McLaren in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, EMI, the London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Music Magazine, the competition is designed to spotlight symphonic works with the potential to enter the standard orchestral repertoire while involving audiences worldwide in the development […]