March 04, 2003

ASCAP “ADVENTUROUS PROGRAMMING” AWARDS PRESENTED AT CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA CONFERENCE

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recently honored 17 chamber music ensembles, festivals and presenters for their adventurous programming during the 2002 concert season, at Chamber Music America’s Annual Conference in New York City at the Hilton Hotel. These ASCAP Awards, presented for the sixteenth year, are made in recognition of performances of the music of our time, with specific emphasis on works written since 1975.

ASCAP’s Vice President of Concert Music, Frances Richard, who presented the awards, commented: “ASCAP is very proud of its long association with Chamber Music America. Together, we created these Annual Adventurous Programming Awards to salute the ensembles whose passion, professionalism and commitment keeps the legacy of our chamber music tradition alive and adventurous. Their great performances of music composed by contemporaries of the audience remind us all that chamber music is a living art form”. A special ASCAP award was presented by Richard to Chamber Music America for its 25 years of leadership and service in the field.

The presentation of Awards was highlighted with the introduction of the many ASCAP composers present and a reception. Recipients for the 2002 Season received plaques and cash awards:

FESTIVAL CATEGORY

First Prize
THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSICAL ARTS AND THE MUSART SOCIETY OF THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (Cleveland, OH)

Second Prize
GRAND CANYON MUSIC FESTIVAL (Grand Canyon, AZ)

Third Prize (Tie)
THE CHAMBER MUSIC CONFERENCE AND COMPOSERS FORUM OF THE EAST INC.
(Leonia, NJ)
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL (Aspen, CO)

PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS (TEN OR MORE ANNUAL EVENTS)

First Prize
MILLER THEATRE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (New York City)

Second Prize
MAVERICK CONCERTS (Woodstock, NY)

Third Prize
AMERICAS SOCIETY (New York City)

PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS (9 OR FEWER ANNUAL EVENTS)

First Prize
OPEN EARS CONCERT SERIES, Suffolk County Community College (Selden, NY)

Second Prize
MOHAWK TRAILS CONCERTS (Shelburne Falls, MA)

SELF-PRESENTING ENSEMBLE

First Prize
PRESENT MUSIC (Milwaukee, WI)

Second Prize
AUROS GROUP FOR NEW MUSIC (Boston, MA)

Third Prize
CHICAGO CHAMBER MUSICIANS
Composer Perspectives (Chicago, IL)
and
SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS (San Francisco)

TOURING ENSEMBLES

First Prize
eighth blackbird (Evanston, IL)

Second Prize
IMANI WINDS (NYC)

Third Prize
AMELIA PIANO TRIO (Connecticut)
and
CASSATT STRING QUARTET (NYC)""

The ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards were conceived 16 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.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world’s largest performing right organization, with over 150,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing royalties to the Society’s members based on performances. ASCAP’s repertory spans the entire spectrum of pop and concert music. ASCAP members own and govern the Society through their Board of Directors, which is made up solely of writers and publisher members elected by the membership.