Jazz Composers Alliance Announces 2000 Hemphill Award Recipients

The Jazz Composers Alliance recently announced the recipients of the 2000 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. A total of $2500 was awarded. In the Jazz Orchestra Category, first prize went to Kari Ikonen of Helsinki, for a piece entitled Luoto. Tied for second place were two Americans: Adam Lane, of Oakland, with his Blues for Richard […]

What is the dominant musical style of today and what will be the dominant musical style of tomorrow? Marilyn Shrude

Marilyn Shrude Today’s concert music seems to be a blending of the many modes of expression we find around us-the term often used is “eclectic.” Because we have ready access to new works, we are able to digest them quickly and assimilate elements into our own compositions (both consciously and unconsciously). I don’t think there […]

National Foundation for Jewish Culture Awards Grant to Cantata Singers

Cantata SingersPhoto by David Tucker The National Foundation for Jewish Culture has awarded a Susan Rose Recording Fund grant to the Boston-based Cantata Singers and Ensemble for their recent recording of John Harbison‘s Four Psalms. The Susan Rose Recording Fund for Contemporary Jewish Music is a new grants program of the National Foundation for Jewish […]

Composer James Legg Dies

James LeggPhoto courtesy Michael Torke Composer James Legg died suddenly on November 20, 2000. Mr. Legg began his training in music composition at the Juilliard School of Music while still a teenager and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and an M.A. from Duke University where […]

Americana Arcana: What is the Most-Performed American Classical Music?

Bradley BambargerPhoto by Melissa Richard There is no doubt that American composers have come a long way since Dvorák admonished them to stop mimicking Europe and come up with a distinctly native form of expression. Yet determining just who are the most popularly successful (i.e., the most frequently performed) American composers on their home soil […]

John Adams: In The Center Of American Music

John AdamsPhoto by Christine AlicinoCourtesy Nonesuch Records Just three days after completing the score for El Niño, a 110-minute "Christmas oratorio" for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, John Adams invites NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri to his home in Berkeley CA to talk about his newest work and how it fits in with his compositional aesthetics, […]

Soundtrack: January 2001

While we wait to see if “Dubya” manages to unite Donkey and Elephant, we will have to content ourselves with music in which there is some kind of tentative “coalition” between styles. Two discs jumped out at me as superlative examples of such blending: Mark Kuss’s chamber music, on Gasparo, and Martin Bresnick’s two-volume Opere […]