AMC 2011 Awards recipients: John Harbison, William Bolcom, and the Copland House; So Percussion and the Walden School

The American Music Center is honored to announce the recipients of its 2011 Awards. Founders Award: John Harbison; Letter of Distinction: William Bolcom and the Copland House; Trailblazer Award: So Percussion; New Music Educator Award: The Walden School. “The American Music Center has the happy duty of recognizing those who make the biggest contribution to new American music and each year it is our great pleasure to do so,” AMC President and CEO Joanne Hubbard Cossa comments. “Once more we are astounded with the talent, dedication, and zeal exhibited by this group of honorees. They have dedicated their lives to energizing and advancing the field, and their myriad contributions speak to their excellence, innovation, and commitment to service.

The Other Side of Time by Brian Fennelly to receive European premiere in April

Apr 12 2011 - 12:00am

Brian FennellyBrian FennellyThe Other Side of Time, a 15-minute piece for 30 winds, brass, and percussion, by ACA composer, Brian Fennelly, will receive its  European premiere on April 12, 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the annual World Music Days festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music, held this year in conjunction with the Zagreb Biennale. Chosen for performance by the ISCM International Jury, it will be part of a full program by the Croatian Army Symphony Wind Orchestra conducted by Tomislav Fačini.

The Other Side of Time (2009), commissioned by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble and its director Charles Peltz, was premiered at Jordan Hall, Boston, in February 2010. Their performance has been recorded for release on Albany Records.

Washington Square Contemporary Music presents the Talea Ensemble, with works by David Fulmer, Elizabeth Hoffman, Evan Ziporyn, and more - March 24

Mar 24 2011 - 8:00pm

"astonishing fluidity and warmth" --NY TimesTalea Ensemble "astonishing fluidity and warmth" --NY TimesConcert I of the 34th season of the WSCMS will take place Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8pm, at Merkin Hall, 129 W. 67th St., west of Broadway. Join artistic directors Brian Fennelly and Louis Karchin, for the Talea Ensemble and works by Aaron Cassidy, David Fulmer, Elizabeth Hoffman, Fred Lerdahl, Rand Steiger, and Evan Ziporyn.

Brian Schober’s new chamber opera “Dance of the Stones,” in New York Concert Reviews

Dance of the Stones, 2010Dance of the Stones, 2010Brian Schober's new chamber opera, "Dance of the Stones" was premiered in November, 2010 at Theatre80 on St. Mark's Place in New York City, and received favorable reviews. With a libretto by Richard Olson, the work is inspired by Japanese Noh drama, but with modern, everyday characters searching for meaning in life. Appropriately subtitled “A Journey beyond Words,” much of the opera’s emotional story is conveyed through dance, pantomime, and choral interludes that draw upon a rich range of what is described as “multi-textured music of shifting modalities.” 

Gregg Smith Singers will premiere Lux Aeterna by Richard Brooks, March 19 at St. Peter's Church

Mar 19 2011 - 8:00pm

The Gregg Smith Singers upcoming concert, "Premieres, Poetry & Soloists" is now scheduled for March 19th at 8:00pm. St. Peter's Church at Lexington and 54th St. New York City. Repertoire to include world premiere of Lux Aeterna by Richard Brooks, My Letter to the World by Jay Anthony Gach, and Emily Swings! by Richard Thompson.

Awad's Paskát was premiered by the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the Chorus Soñando Hadas, Feb 18

Emil AwadEmil Awad

Emil Awad's Paskát, for women's chorus, harp and string orchestra, commissioned by the Veracruz Institute of Culture, was premiered on Friday, Feb. 18th, 2011 at the State Theater, Xalapa Veracruz, Mexico. The composer led the premiere, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and the women's chorus Soñando Hadas, to a full theater. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, which just celebrated its 81st birthday, performed superbly, with a depth rarely heard in a premiere. Soñando Hadas, directed by David Tapia, is an internationally acclaimed youth chorus, and sung with total commitment to the work.

The title and text of the work come from an anonymous poem written in Totonaca, an autochthonous language of the Veracruz region. Paskát means "woman" and it explores the infinite cycle of life as homage to the feminine.

Lansing McLoskey wins 2011 Academy of Arts and Letters, Goddard Lieberson Fellowship Award!

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES 2011 MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

New York, February 16, 2011-The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the fifteen recipients of this year's awards in music, which total $165,000.  The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members:  Ezra Laderman (chairman), David Del Tredici, Fred Lerdahl, Bernard Rands, Steven Stucky, and Yehudi Wyner.   The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual Ceremonial in May.  Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

Two GoddardLansing McLoskeyLansing McLoskey Lieberson fellowships, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.  This year they will go to John Aylward and Lansing McLoskey.

Lansing McLoskey  has been described as "a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear" by the American Composers Orchestra, and "a distinctive voice in present day American music." Recent performances include premieres in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Rome,

Glasgow audiences hear the UK premiere of David Fulmer's Violin Concerto Feb. 5, 2011

ACA Festival 2009Composer,violinist David FulmerACA Festival 2009"Here and Now" with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra:

Glasgow audiences had their first chance to hear Matthias Pintscher’s beautiful and haunting sounds with another of his highly crafted works as well as earlier pieces from Michael Jarrell and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. In keeping with the BBC SSO’s commitment to new music, David Fulmer gave the UK Premiere of his own Violin Concerto. The evening opened with Webern’s masterful orchestration of the fugue from Bach’s The Musical Offering.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3's programme Hear and Now.

Schwartz premiere and Russian works show PSO at best

Elliott SchwartzElliott Schwartz's "Diamond Jubilee," commissioned by the PSO (Portland, ME Symphony) in celebration of the composer's 75th birthday, was performed January 25th in Merrill Auditorium.

The Portland Press Herald review praised the work, saying: "Musically, it can be thought of as a mosaic, composed of carefully selected fragments of an era, held together by underlying motifs to form a coherent and attractive whole. ... And the pianissimo cell-phone chorus had the audience so hushed and attentive that you could have heard a pin drop. That passage sounded like a mysterious music box. Either it was scripted or orchestra members have extremely good taste in ring tones."

“The Wider View: Love Rejoices" by H. Leslie Adams, broadcast on Now is the Time Feb. 13th

Feb 13 2011 - 10:00pm
Albany Records, TROY 428Albany Records, TROY 428“The Wider View: Love Rejoices" on Now is the Time
On February 13th, from 10 to 11 pm, listen online at wrti.org or on WRTI HD-2 to Kile Smith's Contemporary American Music show, Now is the Time. Works by David Snow, Wendy Mae Chambers, and H. Leslie Adams will warm you up for Valentine's Day! The show begins in winter and ends with intimations of spring. David Snow shares the haunting Winter for trumpet and piano. The second movement from the Symphony of the Universe by the always-engaging Wendy Mae Chambers is called 'Organism.' She wrote for a big-band jazz ensemble to be recorded in the cavernous Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and the results are stunning. The song cycle The Wider View comes from the romantic and lyrical pen of H. Leslie Adams. Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and others lead to the final 'Love Rejoices' by James Dillet Freeman.

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