New York, NY, June 25, 2007: The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored orchestras demonstrating exceptional commitment to contemporary composers at a special Awards Presentation held on June 22nd during the American Symphony Orchestra League's (ASOL) 62nd National Conference in Nashville, TN. The annual ASCAP Adventurous Programming Awards recognize American orchestras whose past season prominently feature music written within the last twenty-five years.

Introducing the Adventurous Programming Awards presentation, Frances Richard, ASCAP Vice President of Concert Music, said: "2007 marks the 50th 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."

Richard introduced distinguished ASCAP member and internationally recognized American conductor, Leonard Slatkin, to present the awards. Slatkin is Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and Music Advisor to the Nashville Symphony. His performances throughout North America, Europe and the Far East have been distinguished by imaginative programming and highly praised interpretations of both the standard and contemporary symphonic repertoire. Additionally, he is well known for his arts advocacy work on behalf of music education.

The winners are:

John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming
Minnesota Orchestra

Awards for Programming of Contemporary Music

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses more than $14.1 Million
First Place: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Second Place: The Cleveland Orchestra
Third Place: San Francisco Symphony

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $5.7 - $14.1 Million
First Place: New World Symphony
Second Place: Nashville Symphony
Third Place: Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $1.8 - $5.7 Million
First Place: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Second Place: Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Third Place: New Mexico Symphony

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

Orchestras with Annual Operating Expenses $470,000 or less
First Place: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Second Place: Orchestra 2001
Third Place: Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra

Collegiate Orchestras
First Place: Portland State University Symphony Orchestra
Second Place: Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestra
Third Place: Stanford Symphony Orchestra

Youth Orchestras
First Place: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Second Place: Etowah Youth Orchestras
Third Place: Vermont Youth Orchestra

Festival Orchestras
First Place: Cabrillo Music Festival
Second Place: The Aspen Music Festival and School

Established in 1914, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 295,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 90 foreign performing rights organizations. 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.