PROFILE: Ursula Oppens

Photo by Christian Steiner Molly Sheridan: You’ve achieved quite a reputation in the new music community for your excellent performances, recordings, and commissioning activity. I’m curious about what attracted you to playing that type of music in the first place. As a piano student you could have specialized in many different areas… Ursula Oppens: First […]

PROFILE: John Schaefer

Molly Sheridan: New Sounds, your evening radio show on WNYC, covers a huge range of music. How do you discover all the material you program? John Schaefer: Well, in the beginning, I had to really search out a lot of this music; there was quite a bit of musical sleuthing involved. But as word got […]

2002 Guggenheim Fellowships Awarded

Nine composers and two musical scholars are among the award recipients of the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-eighth annual United States and Canadian competition. A total of 184 artists, scholars, and scientists were selected from among over 2,800 applicants to receive awards totaling $6,750,000. This year’s awardees include: Composers Robert Livingston Aldridge Louise Beach Nicholas Brooke […]

Koussevitzky Foundations Commission Ten

Sometimes when awards are announced, it’s easy to be numbed by the list of names and numbers and overlook what they mean for the composer and society–that a new piece of music will be written and heard that otherwise might never have seen daylight. Jim Mobberley, one of the nine composers commissioned to write new […]

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 […]