Friday Informer: Where Profanity Meets Art

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Earlier this month, Nouveau Classical Project premiered Vin Calianno’s Sororatorio: a Cuntata, which took as its text the famed, absurdly vulgar 2013 email lashing delivered by a Delta Gamma chapter president. So just how did he end up setting that much anger and profanity to music?

Erik Friedlander: Stories Without Words

Erik Friedlander

“It’s not your skill level, it’s how much you communicate,” cellist Erik Friedlander advises. “It’s how much you express that the audience really wants to hear. They come to hear you be real.”

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

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Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the oratorio Anthracite Fields which premiered on April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia in a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus.

2015-2016 Rome Prize Recipients Announced

Composers Nina C. Young and Christopher Cerrone

Composers Christopher Cerrone and Nina C. Young—along with 29 other artists and scholars—will be provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome.

In It to Win It: Lessons from the Long Game

Snail run near the Finish line on road

The music community is uniquely equipped with the kind of long-game thinking that it takes to make substantive policy changes. We have more power than we often imagine, even if it takes some time to see results.

Lost in Translation

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Unlike composing concert music, in film and advertising a composer is tasked with writing music the audience wants, but sometimes that audience has trouble parsing what it wants.

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