South Carolina Arts Commission Announces Artist Fellowships And $1.8 Million In Grants For New Fiscal Year

Mark Kilstoftephoto by Joanna E. Morrissey The Board of Commissioners of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) has awarded Artist Fellowships to four resident, professional artists. Each fellow receives $7,500 in recognition of superior artistic merit. The out-of-state review panels also selected alternates, who do not receive awards, but are considered notable in the competitive […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Al Gore

Al Gore “National Public Radio has been indispensable to its local listeners across the country. Each station across America tailors its programming to meet local needs. For example, when school funding for classical music training was cut, it was KUER in Salt Lake City that produced a series introducing elementary school students to classical music.“ […]

Amadeus Press Releases First Biography Of Morton Gould

Peter Goodmanphoto by Stephen M. Goodman Amadeus Press has announced the release of Peter W. Goodmans new book, Morton Gould: American Salute. This is the first complete biography of the multi-talented composer. In an interview, Goodman confessed that at the time he started working on this biography, he wasnt all that fond of Goulds music. […]

Paula Cooper Gallery Launches New Record Label “Dog w/a Bone”

The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce the creation of its record label “dog w/o bone.” The label will be launched on October 3, 2000, with the simultaneous release of three recordings by the S.E.M. Ensemble: Music by Marcel Duchamp; For Philip Guston by Morton Feldman; and Many Many Women by Petr Kotik. The […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan “Everyday we see new evidence of the corruption of our popular culture: Filthy art financed with tax dollars. Television steeped in raw sex and romanticized violence. Movies that mock religious faith. Music that extols social chaos.” Real or fake? “There’s the American music that the elitists at the universities want you to […]

Smoke and Mirrors: Mr. Smith Returns to Washington

Photo of Ken Smithin front of “Smoke Free” (1999){cigarette butts and wood, 45″x67″}by John Salvest(courtesy Rudolph Projects)Photo by Melissa Richard A former political journalist turned music critic offers up a HyperHistory uncovering “smoke and mirrors” politics in the American classical music business. My name is Ken. I’m a recovering addict. I can trace my awareness […]

Soundtracks: October 2000

Unlike the impending Presidential election, there are tons of musical choices in SoundTracks this month ranging from new recordings of acknowledged American musical masterpieces to rediscoveries of overlooked musical treasures to works from newly-emerging composers never before on CD. In the orchestral music department, there is a new recording of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, […]

Who Represents the Unsilent Minority?

There needs to be a greater musical awareness among the people who hold our elected offices. But there also needs to be a greater political awareness on the part of people who make and shape music in this country.

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music?

A Statement of PurposeOver a month ago, Frank and I set about contacting five Presidential candidates to ask them for thoughts on American music. No one responded. Al Gore’s campaign was the only one to dignify us with a response. Other responses ranged from clueless silence (Nader’s campaign; then again, they don’t even provide a […]