Playing American: California Symphony Marks Fifteen Years

California Symphony Music Director Barry JekowskyPhoto courtesy of Pavilion Associates The California Symphony is celebrating its 15th anniversary this season by highlighting the performers and programs responsible for its success. But no one is likely more responsible for that success than founding Music Director Barry Jekowsky. His longstanding commitment to presenting American music and supporting […]

MacCombie Takes Reins at J@LC

Jazz at Lincoln Center has named Bruce MacCombie, dean of the School of the Arts at Boston University and accomplished composer, as the organization’s new executive director effective September 1, 2001. Prior to his position in Boston, the 57-year-old executive served as Dean of The Juilliard School. He has also held positions on the faculty […]

Are composers who use early music techniques writing new music? Stefania De Kenessey

Stefania De Kenessey Hear a RealAudio sample  At the beginning of the twenty-first century, “new” music seems to find itself in a quandary. Its predecessor, the twentieth century, was unlike any other hundred years in the history of music: it gave itself over almost completely to experimentation, to questioning past practices, to jettisoning historically accepted […]

NSO Anticipates Season of Encores

June and John HechingerPhoto courtesy of the Hechingers John and June Hechinger have once again demonstrated their commitment to American composers and the creation of new music. Through their support, Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced a new series of commissions: The Hechinger Encores. The funding will support the commissioning […]

Are composers who use early music techniques writing new music? Dennis Busch

Dennis Busch Hear a RealAudio sample  The operative term in all art forms is “universal appeal.” The true creative artist is creating for the future hoping to have his name immortalized. But the modern composer who is presently having difficulty gaining public acceptance will always “fall back” upon the same line: “The work of J.S. […]

View From The West: Throwing Rocks Through a Classical Window

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki In last month’s column, I discussed the significance of the Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band and the Bang On A Can All-Stars as ensembles featuring composer/performers and which also commissioned works by other composers. Both groups, along with a host of others of their generation, share another common element: Their […]