Adams to Commemorate Sept. 11

John Adams The New York Philharmonic has invited composer John Adams to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a work titled On the Transmigration of Souls. On September 19, as part of the first subscription program of the 2002-03 season, the Philharmonic and the New York Choral Artists will give the […]

American Music Festival Broadcast on WNYC Radio

Banner from an early concert programCourtesy WNYC WNYC Radio, New York’s independent public radio station, kicks off a seven-evening American Music Festival tonight at 8 p.m. Since 1939, the station has annually celebrated a wide range of American music, from folk to classical, between Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays. This year’s event covers a lot of […]

Juilliard’s Joel Sachs Wins 2002 Ditson Conductor’s Award

Joel SachsPhoto Nanette Melville, copyright 2001 Joel Sachs, founder and conductor of the New Juilliard Ensemble, has been recognized with Columbia‘s 2002 Ditson Conductor’s Award for his commitment to the performance of American works. He joins a list of recipients that includes Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Tilson Thomas, and James DePreist. […]

Major Gift Endows CSO Composer-In-Residence Chair

Augusta Read Thomas, CSO Composer-in-ResidenceCourtesy Northwestern University Archive In what is believed to be a first for an American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has received a major gift to endow a composer-in-residence chair. CSO Trustee Cynthia Sargent and her sister, Governing Member Sally Hands, made the contribution that will endow the chair for a […]

Bush Requests $117 Million for NEA; Mason Steps in as Acting Chairman

Yesterday President Bush requested a $117 million budget appropriation for the National Endowment for the Arts in Fiscal Year 2003. Though most media attention has been given to the political debate surrounding the President’s proposed increases in defense spending and resulting cuts in other areas, this year’s NEA request represents a $12 million increase over […]

How do you approach putting music to words? Ronald Perera

Ronald PereraPhoto by M. Richard Fish, photographer, Smith College Most composers of vocal music, whether they are composing songs, chamber music with voice, or opera or music theater, are setting to music words that are not their own. My own approach is, in effect, to make another’s words my own. That is, in choosing a […]

How do you approach putting music to words? Gwyneth Walker

Gwyneth WalkerPhoto by Christian Wideawake When I set poetry to music, I focus on the central images in the poem. To me, poetry is not words. It is the images that the words create. And thus, with the musical setting, it is important that the images in the poetry translate into musical imagery. Often, the […]

How do you approach putting music to words? Sasha Matson

Sasha Matson Composers who write their own lyrics and libretti are a stand-alone breed. Irving Berlin? Wagner? If you are one of those, then go ahead on! The rest of us need a good writer, either six feet under or above ground. My first rule of thumb: you’ve really got to love and relate on […]