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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Karissa Krenz Appointed New Editor of Chamber Music Magazine

Karissa Krenzphoto by Melissa Richard Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karissa Krenz as Editor of Chamber Music magazine, the award-winning bi-monthly magazine published by Chamber Music America. “It is always a sign of an organization’s strength to promote from within. We are delighted to support […]

NEA-CMA Collaborate on Special Award

Margaret Lioiphoto by Melissa Richard The National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America have entered into a four-year program wherein the NEA will make additional funds available to one of CMA’s five annual commissioning-grant recipients, specifically for performance costs. “We have a commissioning program that requires the work be performed three times,” explains […]

National Foundation for Jewish Culture Awards Grant to Cantata Singers

Cantata SingersPhoto by David Tucker The National Foundation for Jewish Culture has awarded a Susan Rose Recording Fund grant to the Boston-based Cantata Singers and Ensemble for their recent recording of John Harbison‘s Four Psalms. The Susan Rose Recording Fund for Contemporary Jewish Music is a new grants program of the National Foundation for Jewish […]