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Soundtrack: January 2001

While we wait to see if “Dubya” manages to unite Donkey and Elephant, we will have to content ourselves with music in which there is some kind of tentative “coalition” between styles. Two discs jumped out at me as superlative examples of such blending: Mark Kuss’s chamber music, on Gasparo, and Martin Bresnick’s two-volume Opere […]

Composer James Legg Dies

James LeggPhoto courtesy Michael Torke Composer James Legg died suddenly on November 20, 2000. Mr. Legg began his training in music composition at the Juilliard School of Music while still a teenager and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and an M.A. from Duke University where […]

Soundtracks: December 2000

Many musicians and hard-core music lovers will swear to you that they never ever listen to music “in the background” while they work. Only some of them are lying. For me, music in the background generally has the same tantalizing effect as the smell of food coming from the kitchen — I just have to […]

Presser Company Releasing Historic Archives

The Presser Archive After 51 years in Bryn Mawr, the Theodore Presser Company will move its entire operations to nearby King of Prussia in January. The present facility houses historical archives of the Oliver Ditson Company and The John Church Company, as well as Presser and newer companies including Merion, Mercury, and Elkan-Vogel. In preparing […]

American Pitches Series Makes its Broadcast Debut

Joanna Lee, photo credit Kitty Katz Joanna Lee, lecturer in the Music Department at the University of Hong Kong, has launched a series of nine weekly broadcasts over RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) called American Pitches. The programs will serves as “a showcase of music that is uniquely American.” Lee explained that she wants to […]

Pauline Oliveros receives Lifetime Achievement Award from San Francisco Bay Guardian

The Goldie Award The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area‘s largest alternative newsweekly, has honored Pauline Oliveros with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of their 12th annual “Goldies” awards program. Each year, the Bay Guardian arts editorial staff selects multiple “Outstanding Local Discovery Award” winners for the “challenge and inspiration provided by their […]

Composer Herbert Brün Dies at 82

Herbert BrünPhoto credit Yehuda Yannay Herbert Brün, a pioneer in applying computers and electronics to the composition of music, died on November 6 in Urbana, Illinois. He was recognized within and beyond the field of music as an eloquent and original thinker, a contributor of ideas relating to composition and systems theory, language, thought, performance, […]

Jeanne Lee, Jazz Singer Who Embraced Avant-Garde, Dies at 61

Jeanne LeePhoto courtesy Naima Hazleton Jeanne Lee, one of the great jazz singers and composers in the avant-garde tradition, an author, and a teacher of singing, died on October 25, 2000, in Tijuana, Mexico. She was 61.The cause was cancer, said her daughter Naima Hazelton. Born in New York City in 1939, Lee graduated from […]

The Commission Project Announces Programs for 2000-2001

In early September, Ned Corman, Director of The Commission Project, announced an impressive line-up of composers and musicians who will engage in long-term residencies at a wide variety of schools in 12 American cities this fall. The Commission Project is a non-profit arts education organization that brings professional composers and musicians into classrooms to write […]

American Composer’s Orchestra Names Music Director Designate

Steven SloanePhoto credit Stas Rzeznik 42-year-old American conductor Steven Sloane has been named Music Director Designate of American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Sloane begins his artistic planning duties with ACO effective immediately, and will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in March 2002. He will become Music Director beginning with the 2002-03 season, succeeding […]