Composer Jon Magnussen Appointed Artist-in-Residence

Artist-in-Residence for the Institute for Advanced Study, Jon MagnussenPhoto Courtesy of Jon Mag Jon Magnussen has been appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. As such, he will lead the annual concert series, introduce new works, and present lectures on new music. Established in 1994, Institute Director Phillip Griffiths explains […]

Philadelphia Music Project Awards $794,000 in Grants

The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Landis and Co. Theatre of Magic The Philadelphia Music Project has awarded 18 grants totaling $794,000 this year to support area music projects. The awards range from $5,000 to $80,000 and seek to “engender excellence in performance, creativity in programming and provide recipients with the means to […]

ASCAP Year 2001 Chorus and Orchestra Awards for Adventurous Programming

Gerard Schwartz and Frances Richard present an award to Sandra Madden, general manager of the Colora The Awards for Adventurous Programming, offered annually for the past 44 years by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, have once again been awarded to American choruses and orchestras demonstrating an “exceptional commitment to contemporary composers.” The […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Virginia Bortin, Secretary, the Elinor Remick Warren (1900-1991) Society

Elinor Remick Warren in 1961Photo courtesy The Elinor Remick Warren Society Elinor Remick Warren, one of 20th century America’s most important neo-Romantic composers and one of the most significant women in her field, was born in Los Angeles in 1900 and died there in 1991, leaving more than 200 published compositions for solo voice, chorus, […]

The MP3 Phenomena and Innovative Music

Reprinted with the permission of Judy Dunaway. All rights reserved. (The following paper was presented at the Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung in Darmstadt, Germany on April 9, 2001. Since then, many of the topics discussed have undergone considerable changes (most notably the corporate assimilation of and Napster), and certainly more changes will […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Roswell Rudd, Friend and Student of Herbie Nichols (1919-1963)

Roswell RuddPhoto by Verna Gillis Herbie’s father, mother, brother and sister’s family were all alive when he died in 1963, but he died intestate. In a Billie Holiday book, there was a very nice keyboard arrangement of "Lady Sings The Blues" which sounds a lot like Herbie. Only someone with his hands could play it. […]

Masterprize Lists Finalists; Winner to be Decided on October 10

Masterprize, London’s international composer prize, has announced the 2001 competition’s five finalists. Founded by John McLaren in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, EMI, the London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Music Magazine, the competition is designed to spotlight symphonic works with the potential to enter the standard orchestral repertoire while involving audiences worldwide in the development […]

How to preserve the legacy of important American composers after they die Cecile Bazelon, Widow of Irwin Bazelon (1922-1995)

Cecile and Irwin BazelonPhoto courtesy Cecile Bazelon When an American composer dies, too often his music dies with him. I had heard Bud lament this fact many times. An unexpected inheritance from his Aunt Ethabelle in the late ’80s enabled him to continue recording his works. No matter how fast technology changes, with CDs it […]

View from the West: New Music Ensembles, Composers, and Commissions

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki Commissions and residencies have been a way of life for composers since time immemorial. Just recently, on the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of Harmonium, the first commissioned work by then Composer-In-Residence John Adams, the San Francisco Symphony announced a long-term commissioning relationship with the composer. Over the next ten […]