First Recordings Added to the National Recording Registry

From Bing to Babbitt, the 50 recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry represent a truly a diverse bunch. At the end of January, the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the inaugural 50 recordings that were to be inducted into the National Recording Registry. The Registry was established at the Library of Congress […]

Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations Commission Six New Works

The hills of the Bay Area are alive with new music The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation commissioned 6 Northern California composers to create works for six nonprofit performer and producing organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally intended to be for $25,000, additional funds provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation doubled […]

An American Composer in Spain

Composer/guitarist James Lentini, a juror in the 2003 Segovia International Guitar Competition in La Herradura, Spain, hears some of the world’s best young guitarists perform his original composition “Westward Voyage”

Obituary: Composer Lou Harrison, 85

One of the most significant musical figures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, American composer Lou Harrison, died while in transit from Chicago to Columbus, OH, Sunday night.