The League of American Orchestras will present Joana Carneiro, music director of California’s Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, with the Helen M. Thompson Award today at its 65th National Conference in Atlanta. The award recognizes Carneiro’s commitment to expanding the community base of the Berkeley Symphony and furthering the orchestra’s tradition of presenting the works of composers of our time. Also announced at the Conference were the 27 orchestras (listed below) being honored with ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Additional ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming went to Gil Rose, artistic director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, who will receive the John S. Edwards Award for Strong Commitment to New American Music; Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, who will receive the Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming; Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins, who will receive the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming; and New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, who will receive the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours. The 27 orchestras to receive ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming are the New York Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (group 1); Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (group 2); Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Dayton Philharmonic (group 3/4); South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra (group 5/6); Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project (group 7/8); Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Portland State University Symphony Orchestra, and Cornell University Orchestras (collegiate orchestras); Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Etowah Youth Orchestras, and Contemporary Youth Orchestra (youth orchestras); and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and Aspen Music Festival and School (festivals).
Posted June 18, 2010
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