Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival to Celebrate Women Composers

This summer, Chamber Music Northwest’s 2017 festival programming will focus on the significant contributions of women composers. The opening night concert showcases a few of the greats – Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847), Clara Schumann (1819-1896), and Amy Beach (1867-1944) – that helped to forge a path for future generations, but many of the events throughout the festival will revolve around the works that are being written today.
Among the world premieres and panel discussions at this year’s festival, Chamber Music Northwest will feature the works of ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH and VALERIE COLEMAN. In anticipation of this summer’s festivities, both women were recently featured in a series of promotional videos Continue reading
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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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