Friends, colleagues, Today is another one of those days – which seem to be coming with altogether too much frequency – where we might question the relevance of our art and the subjects discussed here to what goes on in the world. It seems our most proud historical and cultural foundations are being usurped. In […]
In 1948, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra embarked on an innovative commissioning project advocated by board president Charles P. Farnsley (who coincidentally was also the acting mayor of Louisville) that would end up commissioning 116 new works from 101 composers by 1959, masterfully conducted by Robert Whitney. Matthew Walters, the managing director of SFMG, has acquired the rights for his organization to re-release dozens of these recordings.
I have just heard Audra McDonald on the radio telling me yet again that Broadway producers are attempting to “reduce and eliminate live music on Broadway”—and I find myself “mad as hell, and I can’t take it anymore.” On its face alone the concept is ludicrous; barely scratching its surface it becomes offensive and a […]
Broadway’s 325 union musicians are officially on strike, meaning that for the first time since 1975, Broadway theaters will be deprived of live music
Shulamit Ran and Philip Glass are the newest composer members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were elected to the Academy in January along with artists Jennifer Bartlett, the late Al Hirschfeld, Yvonne Jacquette and William King, and writers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and C.K Williams. The eight new members will be inducted at […]
Twelve men were chosen from 150 applicants to receive commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The $10,000 commissions form one of the foundation’s primary programs and aim “to strengthen composition, the vital source of musical culture, and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.” The recipients of the 2002 Fromm […]
“My freedom will be so much greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraints, diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit.” —Igor Stravinsky Several years ago […]