Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Michael Abels

Michael Abels Michael Abels, halfway through writing his Encore composition, has made a discovery. “I think I now get how a dessert chef feels,” he says, laughing. “Because you’re definitely not what people are coming to the restaurant for, and yet you’re their last impression. I think ideally an encore is something that should achieve […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Jefferson Friedman

Jefferson Friedman can’t divulge when his Encore‘s commission will be performed exactly (the National Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure the performances are a surprise to the audience), but he will say that the work will be performed in the early fall and that it has already been signed and delivered to the NSO. “This […]

JCA Calls for Jazz Scores

JCA sponsors the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, in honor of the legendary alto sax The Jazz Composers Alliance has put out a call for entries in the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Works scored for large (8+ instruments) and small (1-7 instruments) ensembles will be accepted until December 15, 2001. The winning […]

Heitzeg Celebrates Nobel Laureates

Composer Steve Heitzeg honors Nobel Prize with commemorative symphony Steve Heitzeg‘s Nobel Symphony, commissioned by Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, will be premiered on October 2, 2001 as part of the Nobel Conference held annually since 1965 on the campus. Heitzeg, himself a Gustavus alumnus, was approached to write the piece in recognition […]

Commissioning Music/USA Supports 25 New Works

Meredith Monk is commissioned to write a new opera/musical theater productionPhoto by K. Scott S Meet The Composer‘s Commissioning Music/USA 2001 program has announced $290,750 in grants to support the creation of new musical works. Thirty-one composers will team up with a wide range of performing/presenting organizations across the country to create 25 innovative pieces. […]

Changes Ahead At Women’s Philharmonic

Women’s Philharmonic Last spring, the Women’s Philharmonic announced that it was canceling plans for a 2001-02 concert season. Board President Robyn Bramhall spoke with NewMusicBox about the direction in which the organization plans to head now. “The board of directors is still here and sound,” Bramhall assures. Currently, “we’re looking at whether and how to […]

Tower Records Leaning

What does it mean for classical music? In the months since word of Tower Records‘ buying hold on the indie classical labels Harmonia Mundi, Allegro, and Qualiton hit the industry, the giant record retailer has worked to streamline its operation and fend off threats of bankruptcy. Though Tower lifted the freeze only a few days […]

Are composers who use early music techniques writing new music? Roy Whelden

Roy Whelden Some of the appeal of early instruments for me as a composer (and, I assume, the composers who have written for my ensemble, American Baroque) is due to the newness of the sounds. Despite the similarity in appearance between many twentieth-century instruments and their Baroque counterparts, there can be a world of difference […]

Schwann Inside Shifts Focus

As of the November 2001 issue, Schwann Inside Classical and Jazz will be taken off the newsstands and distributed exclusively to music retailers. After 14 monthly issues as a consumer publication offering in-depth coverage of both the jazz and classical-music worlds, Inside will be redirected to take on a merchant focus. Publisher Ali Crawford says […]