ACO Selects Eight for 11th Whitaker New Music Readings

Eight composers in the early stages of their careers have been chosen to participate in the American Composers Orchestra‘s eleventh annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions on April 15. The winning composers, selected from among nearly 200 submissions, are (click through for detailed biographies of the composers and program notes for each work): Mark Applebaum […]

A tribute to John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams is the first AMC President to preside over the new NewMusicBox format where postings to his monthly columns are put right on the page along with his own column. Although editor Frank Oteri deserves credit for the innovation, it is Mr. Adams who has taken hold of the opportunity and shown himself […]

Composer Bimstein to Vie for State House Seat

Phillip Bimstein Phillip Bimstein, composer, environmentalist, AMC board member, and former two-term mayor of Springdale, Utah, is running for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. After talking with the man Parade magazine profiled as “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town,” it’s not hard to understand how Bimstein balances what are at […]

DSO Reissues Historic CBS Records’ Black Composers Series

This month, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra reissued the CBS Records’ Black Composers Series, originally recorded between 1974 and 1979 by Columbia Masterworks and released as part of a nine LP box set. The reissue of the historically significant recordings was made possible by the DSO’s 2002 Classical Roots Celebration Committee, a group of prominent metro-Detroiters […]

Society for American Music Honors Five Writers

The Society for American Music honored five authors at its recent 28th Annual Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky. Carol Oja, who was recognized for her book Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920′s, also became the society’s president at the meeting. Allen Lott was installed as secretary and Denise von Glahn and Josephine Wright […]

The Folly of Endless Genealogies

While I believe composers ought to be aware and thoughtful about their art, I must admit that I feel a measure of concern about so many composers spending so much time worrying about a musical genealogy, or the comparison of American and European music. IsnÕt it especially ironic when composers emphasize their historical links to […]

American Originals

“Affirmation of parentage is the substance of rebellion.”—Harry Partch I’ve never been what you’d call a flag-waving kind of guy. But when it comes to music, I guess I’m pretty darn red-blooded. I’m captivated by Bach. I revel in Debussy and Wagner. And I admire Stravinsky. Still, I’ve never thought of these composers as family. […]

Would you call yourself a maverick? Daniel Lentz

Daniel LentzPhoto courtesy Medeighnia Lentz I suppose that I have always been a bit of a maverick; if one takes the original meaning as something “unbranded.” As a student in college I broke away from the 12-tone/serial methodologies of my teachers and began doing “live-electronic” music. Then in the late 60′s and early 70′s I […]