New York, NY, June 2, 2006: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored orchestras demonstrating exceptional commitment to contemporary composers during the American Symphony Orchestra League's (ASOL) 61st National Conference held May 30 - June 3, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. The annual ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize American orchestras whose concert programs prominently feature music composed within the last twenty-five years.
A total of 27 awards were presented during a celebration and reception held today at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, including a special commendation to The American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer for their Ford Made in America Commissioning Project, which has inspired 65 orchestras to co-commission and champion a new work by a living American composer.
Introducing the Adventurous Programming Awards presentation, Frances Richard, ASCAP's Vice President of Concert Music, said: "2006 marks the 49th year that ASCAP salutes those orchestras and music directors whose programming during the past season has prominently featured music written within the past twenty-five years. Through their adventurous programming, these are the orchestras that enrich the repertory and keep our great concert music tradition relevant, vibrant and alive."
Richard introduced ASCAP Board Member Bruce Broughton to present the awards, describing him as "one of the most versatile concert composers, known best for his award winning scores for film and TV, who has created wonderful electronic scores and works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, concert band and chamber ensemble."
The winners are:
John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music
Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, Artistic Director
Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson, Music Director
Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo V�nsk�, Music Director
Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours
Etowah Youth Orchestras: Michael R. Gagliardo, Music Director and Conductor
Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses more than $14.75 Million
First Place: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director
Second Place: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, Music Director
Third Place: Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $5.5 - $14.75 Million
First Place: Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director
Second Place: North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Third Place: Rochester Philharmonic, Christopher Seaman, Music Director
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.7 - $5.5 Million
First Place: Oakland East Bay Symphony, Michael Morgan, Music Director
Second Place: Memphis Symphony Orchestra, David Loebel, Music Director and Conductor
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $455,000 - $1.7 Million
First Place: American Composers Orchestra, Steven Sloane, Music Director; Robert Beaser, Artistic Director
Second Place: South Dakota Symphony, Delta David Gier, Music Director
Third Place (tie): Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor; and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, Music Director and Conductor
Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $455,000 or less
First Place: New England Philharmonic, Richard Pittman, Music Director
Second Place: Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Warren Friesen, Artistic Director and Conductor
Third Place: St. Cloud Symphony, William Schrickel, Music Director
First Place: Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan, Music Director and Conductor
Second Place: University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler, Music Director
First Place: Vermont Youth Orchestra, Troy Peters, Music Director
Second Place: Etowah Youth Orchestras, Michael R. Gagliardo, Music Director and Conductor
Third Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Allen Tinkham, Music Director
First Place: Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Marin Alsop, Music Director and Principal Conductor
The American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer for their Ford Made in America Commissioning Project, which has inspired 65 orchestras to co-commission and champion a new work by a living American composer.
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