Michael Tilson Thomas: Making Anything Sound Good

Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto by Terrence McCarthy Michael Tilson Thomas talks with Frank J. Oteri@ the New World Symphony, Miami Beach, FL Monday, April 16, 2001, 1:00 p.m. Transcribed by Julia Lu American Music and Welcoming in the Vernacular Orchestras as Repertory Companies Advocating American Repertoire Difference in the Reception of Music and Art American Music […]

American Conductors Talk Out About Performing American Repertoire

Marin Alsop“…mainly I champion those composers whose music I simply cannot live without: Chris Rouse, John Corigliano, John Adams, Aaron Jay Kernis, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen, Jon Deak, Michael Daugherty, to name a few…” JoAnn Falletta“…collaborating on a new work is the closest the orchestra and I can come to actually creating a work…” Chris […]

Appropriate Conduct? The Maestro in America in the Year 2001

Brian WisePhoto by Melissa Richard As American orchestras come to terms with dwindling, aging audiences, music directors are increasingly called upon to roll up their sleeves and develop bolder, more inventive ways of awakening the public’s appetite for orchestral music. The image of the Great Maestro – the heroic, omnipotent and often tyrannical conjurer who […]

Soundtracks: May 2001

I was going to organize this month’s SoundTracks around the subject of composers and conductors, but I got distracted (chalk it up to spring fever). Remember that silly game, a few years back, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” Well, I got to playing that with the CDs. Take Tan Dun’s soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden […]

Lead or be Led

If we are to be part of a viable international musical culture, we must honor our own achievements as a fundamental portion of the larger world-based continuum.

Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced for 2001

Results of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation‘s seventy-seventh annual U.S. and Canadian competition were announced on April 12, 2001 by Foundation President Joel Conarroe. The year 2001 Fellowship winners include 183 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 2700 applicants for awards totaling $6,588,000. Decisions are based on recommendations from hundreds of expert advisors, […]

Music in the Theater

I’m writing this from Washington, DC, where I’ve just seen and heard a new production of Coyote Builds North America, one of my two music theater works with writer Barry Lopez. Coyote was premiered in 1987 at Perseverance Theater. Since then, it’s been produced two other times, touring throughout Alaska and New England. Until now, […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Leonard Lewis

Leonard Lewisphoto by Gary Austin Leonard Lewis describes his Concerto for Orchestra, written to fulfill his dissertation at the University of Texas, as a “crossroads” in his compositional style. Earlier in his compositional career, Lewis was influenced by the diatonic music of Michael Torke; more recently, he found himself interested in the chromatic writing of […]

10th Annual ACO/Whitaker New Music Readings: Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears started his piece Circle Stories while on a Fulbright grant in Denmark in 2000 and finished it during his first semester in the Master’s program at Yale. Spears describes Circle Stories as “layered,” both vertically and horizontally. The piece is based on a “chorale” of his own invention. He then wrote a short […]