So You Want To Write An Opera….

Doubt rehearsal

I admit I attempted composing for opera long ago as an undergraduate. I remember seeing the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Billy Budd in the late ’90s and then seeing their production of Peter Grimes in the early 2000s, and I was convinced I absolutely had to write an opera.

Aaron Parks: Make Me Believe a Melody

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Before his 18th birthday, Aaron Parks had released four CDs. After a five-year stint with Terence Blanchard and now 30, he participates in a wide array of musical endeavors, from his own polyglot material to guesting on an indie-rock album and collaborating with Korean-born vocalist Yeahwon Shin. In everything he does, he is fully present.

LA: A Spring 2014 Concertgoer’s Journal, Part 1

Claire Chase, flute

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.

Boston: Practice Sessions

Robert Spano led the Boston Symphony and Jonathan Biss in the world premiere of a new Bernard Rands piece on 4.3.14 (Stu Rosner)3

Keeril Makan’s Letting Time Circle Through Us and Bernard Rands’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (with pianist Jonathan Biss) premiered in Boston.

John Luther Adams Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music

John Luther Adams

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.”

Rome Prize Winners Announced

Andy Akiho and Paula Matthusen, 2014 Rome Prize winners

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.

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