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League of American Orchestras names three for Women Composers Commissions 

Composers Stacy Garrop, Robin Holcomb, and Andrea Reinkemeyer will each receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 as part of the League of American Orchestras’ 2017 Women Composers Readings and Commissions program, which is administered by American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Reinkemeyer’s work will be premiered by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto on January 10, 2019, with an additional performance on January 12. Garrop’s work will be premiered by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Holcomb’s by the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), with details to be announced. The League’s Women Composers program is embedded in EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. EarShot is an ongoing, systematic program for identifying emerging orchestral composers, offering participants career development in the form of mentorships, counsel, and industry exposure with partner orchestras across the country. 2017-2018 EarShot readings just concluded with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony. All women who participated in past EarShot readings were considered for the 2017 Women Composers Commissions.

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Posted May 3, 2018

Radio documentary: “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America” 

On Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. on New York classical radio station WQXR, Terrance McKnight will host a one-hour documentary, “Leonard Bernstein’s Black America.” The program will cover McKnight’s own memories of the American conductor-composer and Bernstein’s personal campaign for racial justice. The show will cover Bernstein’s marching in Selma with singer and actor Harry Belafonte; bringing black conductors to Tanglewood in the 1950s; hiring violinist Sanford Allen at the New York Philharmonic in the 1960s; raising money for civil rights organizations; and calling for André Watts to play Beethoven at the memorial after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Click here for more information.

Posted May 3, 2018