At the League of American Orchestras 67th Annual Conference, 24 American orchestras received 2011-12 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming today (6/8) in Dallas. Among the winners are the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Delta David Gier, music director, which was awarded the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music; the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, music director, awarded the Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming; the Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä, music director, awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming; and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Donato Cabrera, music director, given the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours. 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. Approximately $700,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947. To see a complete list of winners, visit http://www.americanorchestras.org/images/stories/press_releases/League_of_American_Orchestras_2011-12_ASCAP_Awards.pdf.
Posted June 8, 2012