CMA Announces Recipients of First-Ever Jazz Grants

Don Bradenphoto by Joseph E. Rybczyk Chamber Music America has announced the first recipients funded through New Works: Creation and Presentation, a new grant program supporting composer/performer-led ensembles in the creation of music in the jazz idiom. The grantees were selected from a pool of eighty applicants by an independent panel of jazz composers, who […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner With Audience Vote

A Colombian-born American currently working in Amsterdam, an Indiana native teaching in New York, and a Chinese-born American college senior are the finalists in The Philadelphia Orchestra‘s Centennial Composition Competition. Chosen from among 330 applications are Sinfonia by Kevin Beavers of West Virginia, Totem by Keith Fitch of Indiana and New York City, and Three […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Patrick J. Buchanan 1

Patrick J. Buchanan This is the real quote! “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.” From Patrick J. Buchanan, “PJB On the Issues: Culture,” Tuesday, March […]

Ravinia Festival Names New President And CEO

Welz Kauffmanphoto by Dan Rast The Ravinia Festival has named Welz Kauffman its new president and CEO, succeeding Zarin Mehta, who leaves at the end of the current season after ten years to become executive director of the New York Philharmonic. Kauffman starts in his new post Oct. 1. Kauffman served as General Manager of […]

What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader “With hundreds of radio stations owned by a single company, it comes as no surprise that the programming reflects the economic desires of that company, not the greater interests of its listeners. Instead of challenging programming, we get mind-numbing mock analyses of non-stories crafted solely for entertainment value. Thanks to the 1996 Telecommunications […]

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.“ […]