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 […]
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 […]
At the AMC awards ceremony, Mikel Rouse presented Kyle Gann with a Letter of DistinctionPhoto by R.J Capak Kyle Gann is a force of nature. Composer, performer, author, critic, scholar, educator… Like the weather, he seems to be everywhere at once—a commanding presence in the landscape of American music. First and foremost, Gann is a […]
John Luther Adams, Bill Colvig, and Lou HarrisonPhoto by Dennis Keeley The great redwood has fallen. Light streams into the forest. The sound will reverberate for generations to come. The passing of Lou Harrison marks the end of an era in American music that began with Charles Ives and continued on through Henry Cowell, Ruth […]