AAAL Gold Medal in Music Awarded to Ned Rorem

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 […]

Daniel Felsenfeld on Steve Reich

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 […]

Corey Field Remembers Ronald Freed (1937-2002)

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 […]

New Music Shines at AMC Event

Over 250 composers and friends of contemporary American music came together at the New 42nd Street Studios in New York City for the 64th annual American Music Center meeting and the 39th annual AMC awards ceremony.

David Starobin on George Crumb

David Starobin presents George Crumb with an AMC Letter of DistinctionPhoto by R.J. Capak I first got to know George Crumb personally when, as a 19 year-old fan of his music, a friend of mine and I showed up at George and Liz Crumb’s doorstep completely unannounced. George was our hero—the leading composer/poet of our […]