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 […]

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 […]