New York, NY, January 4, 2007: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor 10 chamber music and jazz ensembles, festivals and presenters for their adventurous programming during the 2005-06 concert season at the annual Chamber Music America Conference, held January 11 - 14, 2007 at the Westin Hotel in New York City.
ASCAP's Vice President of Concert Music, Frances Richard, said: "For the twentieth year, ASCAP will recognize members of Chamber Music America whose strong commitment to the music of our time is demonstrated by their adventurous programming of works written within the past twenty five years. These awards are made on behalf of the members of ASCAP, in appreciation for the Ensembles, Presenters and Festivals, whose excellent performances enrich and inspire the continuity and vitality of our great music tradition."
The ASCAP composers attending the conference will be introduced at an Awards Presentation and Reception on Saturday, January 13, which will be followed by a special session, moderated by Frank J. Oteri, ASCAP composer and Editor of the American Music Center's webzine, NewMusicBox, where the award winners will be invited to share their success stories about performing and presenting new music.
The award winners are:
Presenter/Festivals - 10 or more concerts
First Place: Da Camera of Houston (Houston, TX)
Second Place: Fontana Chamber Arts (Kalamazoo, MI)
Presenter - 9 or fewer concerts
First Place: Southern Exposure New Music Series (Columbia, SC)
Chamber Ensembles - Mixed Repertory
First Place: Adorno Ensemble (San Francisco, CA)
Second Place: Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston (Boston, MA)
Chamber Ensembles - New Music
First Place: Present Music (Milwaukee, WI)
Second Place: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (San Francisco, CA)
Jazz - Ensembles
First Place: Manhattan New Music Project (New York, NY)
Second Place: Daniel Kelly Quartet (Brooklyn, NY)
Jazz - Presenter
First Place: Planet Arts (Catskill, NY)
The ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards were conceived 20 years ago to encourage ensembles, festivals and presenters to program new works. The ASCAP winners are members of Chamber Music America chosen by a panel selected by CMA. The award winners will receive plaques and cash awards.
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 270,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 70 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com