Opportunities for composers to hear a piece of their work performed by a professional orchestra are few and far between in today’s world of powerful unions, warhorse repertoire, and reluctant conductors, which is why the American Composers Orchestra‘s Whitaker New Music Readings are so appealing to emerging composers. Each year, up to eight composers are […]
Gold Medalist Ned RoremPhoto by Jeffrey Herman [On May 21, 2003, at the annual Ceremonial of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, composer Ned Rorem was awarded the Academy’s Gold Medal, its highest honor. The Gold Medal, awarded in recognition of an entire body of work, is given in alternate years to members in […]
Steve Reich accepts his Letter of Distinction from David LangPhoto by R.J. Capak On May 5, Steve Reich was given a Letter of Distinction by the American Music Center, timely and appropriate, as he is one of the great renovators of classical music here in the States. A chance to see Reich speak is a […]
Winners of the 79th annual John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship U.S. and Canada competition were announced last month and amongst the 184 selected artists, scholars, and scientists, were 9 American composers.
Ronald FreedPhoto courtesy ASCAP Ronald Freed often said that he enjoyed being a music publisher because he enjoyed working with composers. And what composers they were… Ronald counted among his friends and colleagues Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Tippett, Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Stephen Paulus, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Bernard Rands, Alvin […]