New York, NY, June 10, 2008: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will join the League of American Orchestras in honoring 26 orchestras who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to contemporary composers at a special Awards Presentation to be held June 12, 2008 during the League's 63rd Annual Conference. The annual ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize American orchestras whose past season prominently featured music written within the last twenty-five years.

This year, the Adventurous Programming Awards ceremony is being held in conjunction with the National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) in Denver, Colorado, June 10-14, 2008. A cross-disciplinary session of NPAC features a panel titled, "Adventurous Programming: Making New Music the Main Course." Moderated by Ed Harsh, President, Meet the Composer, the panel includes Jeffrey Kahane, Music Director - Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and The Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Higdon, composer; Dale Johnson, Artistic Director - Minnesota Opera; and Francisco Nunez, Artistic Director/Founder - Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

Commenting on the Adventurous Programming Awards, Frances Richard, ASCAP Vice President & Director of Concert Music, said: "2008 marks the 51st year that ASCAP has saluted those orchestras and music directors whose past season 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."

The winners are:
John S Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music:
Minnesota Orchestra

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming:
American Composers Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming:
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours:
Empire State Youth Orchestra

Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music:

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses More than $14.1 Million:
First Place: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Second Place: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Third Place: Nashville Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $5.7 - $14.1 Million:
First Place: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Second Place: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: New World Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.8 - $5.7 Million:
First Place: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Second Place: Albany Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $470,000 - $1.8 Million:
First Place: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Second Place: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: South Dakota Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $470,000 or less:
First Place: San Jose Chamber Orchestra
Second Place: Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: Orchestra 2001

Collegiate Orchestras:
First Place: Portland State University
Second Place: Lamont Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Youth Orchestras:
First Place: Empire State Youth Orchestra
Second Place: Etowah Youth Orchestra
Third Place: Vermont Youth Orchestra

Festival Orchestras:
First Place: Cabrillo Festival
Second Place: Aspen Festival

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 320,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 similar foreign 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 PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.

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