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American Masters Photographed by Betty Freeman: Cage and Cunningham

Merce Cunningham and John Cage at home

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American Masters Photographed by Betty Freeman: André Previn

André Previn in 1988

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American Masters Photographed by Betty Freeman: John Adams and Morton Feldman

John Adams & Morton Feldman

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Theodore Presser Company Enters the Digital Age of Music Publishing

Tom and Arnold Broido Photo courtesy of Theodore Presser Co. The Theodore Presser Company recently gave a glimpse of what music publishing in the 21st century will look like. By teaming up with a CD-ROM company called CD Sheet Music, the company recently began publishing sheet music as PDF files on CD-ROM disks. This means… Read more »

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Daniel Steiner Named NEC President

Daniel Steiner Photo by Paul Foley Daniel Steiner was recently named President of the New England Conservatory of Music by Board Chairman David W. Scudder. Steiner has been serving as Acting President since July 1999. The appointment concludes a year-long search by a Presidential Search Committee and follows its recommendation. “In little less than a… Read more »

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What are the most important concerns for philanthropy in new music? Catherine Wichterman

Catherine Wichterman Photo courtesy of Catherine Wichterman “Support Nurturing and Nourishing Relationships” During my time at Meet the Composer and now at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, I have taken the view that the most effective funding of new music (or any other art form for that matter) addresses the connections between artists and the… Read more »

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Michael Kaiser Appointed President of Kennedy Center

Michael Kaiser Photo courtesy of Cornhill Publications Limited The Kennedy Center announced on July 19 that Michael Kaiser has been named to replace Lawrence J. Wilker as president of the national center for the performing arts. His is slated to begin his new post in February 2001. Kaiser, 47, is currently the executive director of… Read more »

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What are the most important concerns for philanthropy in new music? Gayle Morgan

Gayle Morgan Photo courtesy of Gayle Morgan “Is There Too Much New Music?” Last year the Cary Trust offered its biennial program of grants to assist New York City music institutions in commissioning new music. We received 117 applications to the program and after an extensive review of the projects by independent consultants, we made… Read more »

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Maybe it is all Rock 'n Roll

Young musicians and listeners today are increasingly sophisticated and open-eared. They don’t care much about what music is called. They care about how it sounds.

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Hovhaness' submission to the AMC Biographical Survey (1949)

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Composer Alan Hovhaness Dies at 89

Alan Hovhaness Photo courtesy of C.F. Peters Alan Hovhaness, a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical genres, died in Seattle on June 21, 2000. He was 89 and had suffered from a severe stomach ailment for the last three years. Hovhaness was born in Somerville, MA, on March 8, 1911 to Haroutiun Hovhaness… Read more »

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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why? John Shiurba

John Shiurba Photo courtesy John Shiurba Ahh, the great divide, oh to be forever clumsily straddling the great divide. My music not only exists precisely on that divide, but seems to be more or less about being there. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve heard comments like your stuff is too rock for… Read more »

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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why? Erik Hoversten

Erik Hoversten Photo courtesy Erik Hoversten Despite the “classical” training we may have, all of us in Threnody Ensemble spent our formative years playing in bands. The music we make now is inextricably linked to popular music. But because we record for a “new music” label and write pieces that surpass a certain threshold of… Read more »

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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why? Neil Haverstick

Neil Haverstick Ever since I was a young boy, stylistic classifications in music have meant absolutely nothing to me. At a young age, some of my favorite pieces were Ravel‘s Bolero, “Peggy Sue” (Buddy Holly), “El Paso” (Marty Robbins), “In The Mood” (Glenn Miller), “Charley Brown” (The Coasters), and Air On A G String (Bach).… Read more »

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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why? Diamanda Galas

Diamanda Galas Photo by Tom Pitts I think it is, indeed, difficult to locate my music; and I have seen it under pop, opera, new music, new electronic music, blues, satanic music, noise, gothic, black metal, world music, and lysergic vampire vocals (in San Francisco). What unites all the music in the mind of its… Read more »

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Where do you think that your music fits on the classical-popular divide? Why? David Borden

David Borden (right) with Keith Emerson (left) Photo by Vivian Lee The classification of genres in the arts is, I suppose, necessary for both critics and historians. Mostly though, I find that marketing, the need to sell, more than anything encourages this subdividing into minute categories. Just go to the MP3 site and you’ll see… Read more »

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American Contraband: Alternative Rock and American Experimental Music

Jason Gross and Steve Smith Photo by Melissa Richard Much as it might bewilder major record companies and fundamentalist critics, rock isn’t only background music for TV commercials and cherished momentos for teenybopper spend-a-thons. It’s a lot more (and a lot less). About five years after Elvis started strumming “That’s Alright Mama” for Sam Philips,… Read more »

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NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.

NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.