All-Star Cast to Bring Copland/Hemingway Work to Life for Benefit Concert

Poster for Nick Adams Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Morgan Freeman, Brian Dennehy, Robert DeNiro, Alec Baldwin, Joanne Woodward, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and James Naughton will join creative forces for a benefit presentation reviving The World of Nick Adams, a forgotten 1957 work featuring incidental music by Aaron Copland. The […]

New Airline Rules Could Relegate Instruments to Cargo

Don’t want your instrument in cargo? Start considering alternate means of transportation. The recent tightening of security at airports across the nation has musicians worried that they may no longer be able to carry fragile instruments into the plane with them. Airlines have long made their own ambiguous rules regarding passengers traveling with instruments. Sales […]

Estate Project Preserving the Work of Composers with AIDS

Joseph DaltonPhoto by Dorothy Alexander, Courtesy Composers Recordings, Inc. Though the AIDS epidemic doesn’t get the media play it once did, its impact on the cultural community in this country has not ended just because the issue has fallen off the general public’s radar. The Estate Project, a program of the Alliance for the Arts, […]

Jalbert Wins Masterprize

American composer Pierre Jalbert has been named the winner in the second Masterprize composer competition. He picked up a cash award of £30,000 given by the BBC and EMI during an awards ceremony presided over by the Duchess of Kent.

Bright Sheng Receives MacArthur Fellowship

MacArthur Fellow Bright ShengPhoto by Wah Lui, courtesy Schirmer Composer Bright Sheng has been named one of this year’s 23 recipients of MacArthur Fellowships granted by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional individuals working at the fore of a wide variety of disciplines — from astrophysics to creative […]

Murderous Love Triangle Topic of Tobias Picker’s Latest Opera

The many faces of Tobias PickerPhoto courtesy Tobias Picker Mix a love triangle with a murder and you’ve likely got some very good raw material for an opera. At the end of the month, the Dallas Opera will test the theory when they premiere Thérèse Raquin by composer Tobias Picker. Based on the novel of […]

Is minimalism still relevant? Robert Maggio

Robert Maggio Minimalism is definitely relevant today and it will continue to be part of our listening for years to come. I think it will surely influence future generations of composers just as it inspires our current young (and not as young) composers. It is likely to outlive us all! For the last 40 years […]

Michael Hersch: An American in Berlin

Michael HerschPhoto courtesy Michael Hersch People are talking about 30-year-old composer Michael Hersch. Love his music or not, his rapid rise to prominence has been turning heads in his direction for several years now. Hersch’s biographical sketch would give pause to even the most cynical in the field, especially since his involvement in classical music […]

Is minimalism still relevant? Wendy Mae Chambers

Wendy Mae Chambers Minimal music has long preceded western music in the form of chants, particularly in eastern religions. Indeed, these chants were literally a jumping off point for some of the first American minimalist composers. Hinduism is the oldest organized religion that still exists today. Buddha was born a Hindu. Om Mane Padre Om […]

Jennifer Higdon Promoted at Curtis

Jennifer Higdon: Professor of Composition, Theory, and History at CurtisPhoto courtesy Jennifer When I call Jennifer Higdon to talk about her recent promotion to Professor of Composition, Theory, and History at the Curtis Institute of Music, she seems surprised that anyone has been paying attention. When it happened, she says, “It didn’t seem like a […]