For her most recent commissioning project, composer and pianist Joann Cho invited a large group of composers to write a solo piano piece for her and asked them to write their piece “for children.”
In March and April in Los Angeles, the concert calendar becomes impossibly saturated. These are just a few highlights from Maximum Minimalism, WasteLAnd, plus recent What’s Next Ensemble and Timur and the Dime Museum performances.
Keeril Makan’s Letting Time Circle Through Us and Bernard Rands’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (with pianist Jonathan Biss) premiered in Boston.
Become Ocean by John Luther Adams has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work, premiered on June 20, 2013 by the Seattle Symphony, was described in the citation as “a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels.”
The American Academy in Rome has named the winners in the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. Of this year’s 30 recipients, two prizes were awarded in the field of music composition.
This is how I remember Fred Ho: brazen honesty, sharp-tongued wit, vibrant virtuosity in every area of life. I was one of the lucky ones: I got to look into Fred’s eyes and tell him I love him one last time.
In the areas of music composition and music research, a total of 12 applicants were awarded fellowships.
Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett have been honored as the Official Texas State Musician of the Year in the past, but last year’s honoree was Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. There’s a very good reason for that.
Matthew Ritchie, currently in the midst of an 18-month stint as the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s artist-in-residence, presented his collaborative piece Monstrance/Remonstrance with an impressive group of collaborators including Shara Worden, Bryce Dessner, Evan Ziporyn, and David Sheppard.
The program is a partnership between Boosey & Hawkes, the New World Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony designed to develop the professional careers of emerging composers in the Americas.