Celebrating Richard Yardumian’s Centenary

The centenary of RICHARD YARDUMIAN‘s birth was celebrated on April 5th. Born in Philadelphia, Richard served in World War II before returning home to establish himself as one of the city’s finest composers. He had a close relationship with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which earned him the prestigious title of “Composer Laureate” from 1949 until 1964. During that time the orchestra premiered nine of his works and produced four recordings. Continue reading

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Paul Taylor Dance Company Brings the Music of Charles Ives, P.D.Q. Bach, and Norman Dello Joio to Lincoln Center

Throughout March, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will take up residence at the David H. Kotch Theatre at Lincoln Center and feature multiple performances to the music of CHARLES IVES, P.D.Q. BACH, and NORMAN DELLO JOIO. Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Donald York and Ted Sperling, will accompany the ensemble on every program.
Ives’ Three Places in New England is the highlight of Taylor’s “Danbury Mix” (pictured above) and will be performed on March 14th, 18th, and 25th. Taylor has also incorporated two works by P.D.Q. Bach – Howdy Symphony and Royal Firewater Musick – into his “Ab Ovo Usque Ad Mala (From Soup to Nuts),” which will be performed on March 16th and 19th. And finally, the dance company will perform Martha Graham’s choreography to Continue reading
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Three Composers Awarded 2016 Fromm Commissions

Congratulations to JAMES MATHESON, MELINDA WAGNER, and JAMES PRIMOSCH! All three composers were recently awarded 2016 Fromm Music Foundation commissions. As the foundation’s website notes, “These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning award, Continue reading
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Composer Spotlight: Martin Bresnick

…more than almost any living composer I know of,
he is able to take the most basic, plain materials and spin them out into compelling dramatic structures…
–Fanfare
Over the past few months, throngs of friends and admirers have gathered to help celebrate Martin Bresnick’s 70th birthday (November 13). Bang on a Can curated events on July 26th and September 11th in honor of their former teacher. Similarly, members of the Yale faculty paid tribute to their colleague’s milestone birthday on October 18th with a specially dedicated program. The celebrations continued on November 6th as a star-studded night of performances at the National Sawdust in New York City ushered in the beginning of Bresnick’s 70th year. Continue reading
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Odyssey Opera Brings The Picture of Dorian Gray to Boston

Odyssey Opera and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project joined forces on November 18th to present a semi-staged production of Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Director Gil Rose, drawn to the composer’s “innate sense of theatricality,” was eager to bring the opera to Boston and it was well received.

Liebermann’s opera, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, follows the title character’s unwillingness to reconcile the difference between appearance and reality — a subject that feels increasingly relevant in the midst of our modern, digital society. Continue reading
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