Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Where are All of the American Composers?
Most of us can name a fair number of American composers – Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams. All have written great music which has become part of the musical landscape.
How about these composers?
The American Music Project is ”a nonprofit foundation that supports performances of existing works of American classical music, while also commissioning new works from American composers.” The first commission is being written, even as you read this.
Amy A. Wurtz, a California-born composer, is putting the finishing touches on her Piano Quintet, which will receive it’s World Premiere in Chicago on October 5. The pianist/composer will perform with the Chicago Q Ensemble.
Not only is the American Music Project commissioning music from American composers, the organization is also supporting performances of existing works by composers such as David Diamond.
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Classical 101 listeners have an opportunity to hear music by American composers each Saturday evening at 6pm. Jennifer Hambrick hosts a wide-ranging hour of music on The American Sound. Virgil Thomson, Scott Joplin, Don Gillis, Gordon Goodwin, and Judith Lang Zaimont are just some of the composers Jennifer brings you way each weekend.
There’s a lot of great American music out there and Classical 101 will help you find it!