AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Louis Karchin

Louis Karchinphoto by William Tomlin Lieberson Fellowship winner Louis S. Karchin is Professor of Music at New York University. He earned his Ph.D. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, and his B.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music. He has been composer-in-residence at the Wellesley Composers Conference, and has received composition prizes from the […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Grethe Barrett Holby, Artistic Director, American Opera Projects

Grethe Barrett HolbyPhoto by Arthur Elgort In Music-Theater, the music is in the theater; in Opera, the music is the theater. It is not only that generally opera is through-composed and that most often all the lines are sung. It is that the composition and performance of the music not only embodies, but expands, lays […]

AAAL Announces 2001 Award Winners: Gerald Plain

Gerald Plainphoto by Louis Ouzer Gerald Plain has had his compositions performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, and the Louisville Orchestra. His awards include an Artists’ Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Diane Wondisford, Producing Director, Music-Theatre Group

Diane Wondisford The differences that exist between opera and music theatre, have to do with form, dramatic structure, scale, style, and tone. In opera, the story is conveyed through aria and recitative, very rarely unaccompanied spoken word, and sometimes the dance. In the creation of a music-theatre piece, artists borrow from many forms and structures. […]

Yehudi Wyner Signs with Associated Music Publishers

Yehudi Wynerphoto by Susan Davenny Wyner Associated Music Publishers, Inc. has announced the signing of Yehudi Wyner to an exclusive five-year agreement in which the company will represent the music formerly self-published by Wyner. “It’s been a long exile, but I feel I’m coming home,” said Wyner after his 10-year absence from Associated Music Publishers. […]

In your opinion, what is the difference between opera and musical theater? Mark Adamo, Composer and Librettist

Mark AdamoPhoto by Christian Steiner, courtesy G. Schirmer, Inc. Even if we limit discussion to contemporary American work, we first need to define terms. The musical play, as defined by Rodgers and Hammerstein, extends from Oklahoma through Fiddler on theRoof to Ragtime. The songbook-style musical comedy, covers most of the Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin, Berlin, […]

George Crumb’s Star-Child wins Grammy

George Crumbphoto by Sabine Matthes Congratulations to George Crumb on being honored with a Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition at the 43rd annual presentation of the awards on February 21, 2001. The winning piece, Star-Child, for soprano, antiphonal children’s voices, male speaking choir, bell ringers, and large orchestra, was composed in 1977 and recorded […]

Teldec Launches New Line

Sharon Isbin On February 26, 2001, Teldec announced New Line, a new series dedicated to the music of living composers and to world-premiere recordings of significant 20th century works. The first releases are scheduled for May 2001. On May 15, New Line will release world-premiere recordings of Bang On A Can‘s Lost Objects: A Transmusicart […]