Wynton Marsalis Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

Wynton Marsalis and Secretary General Kofi AnnanPhoto courtesy of the UN Photo Library At a ceremony at United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 20, 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Having toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) […]

Computer Programming and the Expanding Compositional Frontier

Nick Didkovsky and Phil BurkPhoto courtesy of Nick Didkovsky Part I: Nick Didkovsky and Hell Cafe While most of us are happy enough to use computers to send email, surf the web, and write documents, there are people out there who use these machines for far more. These innovative programmers see computers and the Internet […]

Aaron Tanner, Emerging Composer, Dies in Milwaukee

Aaron Tanner and Jennifer Meier Photo courtesy of the family On February 25, 2001, the young Milwaukee composer Aaron Tanner was fatally shot, halting in mid-stride a career that was just starting to blossom. While walking from his apartment to the nearby home of a friend on the city’s northeast side, Aaron was robbed and […]

John Lewis Dies at 80

John LewisPhoto by Wil Mosgrove, courtesy of Atlantic Records John Lewis, a founding member of one of the most famous ensembles in jazz, the Modern Jazz Quartet, died in Manhattan on Thursday, March 29. He was 80. The M.J.Q. was a leading concert attraction from the mid-1950s to the late ’90s. The quartet made its […]

AMC Letters of Distinction, Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

The American Music Center The American Music Center (AMC) will honor the professional accomplishments of six American leaders in contemporary music during its 37th Annual Awards Ceremony at the New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street in New York City) on Monday, May 7, 2001, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Special honors will be […]

American Academy of Arts and Letters Elects Two New Composer Members

Composers Samuel Adler and Carlisle Floyd were two of fourteen newly elected American Academy of Arts and Letters Members announced on March 9, 2001 by Secretary of the Academy John Hollander. Other new members include artists Robert Mangold, Bruce Nauman, Dorothea Rockburne, Edward Ruscha, and Peter Voulkos; architect Peter Eisenman; and the writers M.H. Abrams, […]

Music Library Association Awards Recognize American Music Scholars

Music Library Association At the annual meeting of the Music Library Association, held in New York, NY, the 2001 Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was granted to Ruth A. Inman, Elizabeth Bergman Crist and Roberta Lindsey. The award endowment was established through a generous gift from Morton and Dena […]

John Corigliano Wins Pulitzer Prize

John CoriglianoPhoto by Julian Kreeger courtesy G. Schirmer John Corigliano has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Symphony No. 2. Commissioned by the Boston Symphony to commemorate the centenary of Symphony Hall, the work is an expansion of the string quartet the composer wrote for the farewell tour of the Cleveland Quartet, in […]