The American Music Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and underwriting performances of American classical music of the past as well as selectively commissioning new works from American composers.

AMP grant awards announced for the 2016-17 season

Sō Percussion

Music from Copland House

In eight concert programs in the 2016-17 season, Music from Copland House will present seven world premieres as well as a wide array of American music from the past 150 years. Repertoire includes works by Lukas Foss, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Charles Martin Loeffler, Edward McDowell, Theodore Chanler, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Steven Stucky, Nico Muhly, Paquito d’Rivera, Derek Bermel, Peter Lieberson, Mason Bates, Roberta Sirota, David Amram; David Biedenbender; Timo Andres; and Lowell Liebermann.

Launched in 2009, the main-stage concert series presented by Copland House at the historic Merestead estate in Mount Kisco, New York, is one of the few in the country to exclusively champion music of past and present American composers. The Music from Copland House ensemble has recorded for the Arabesque, Koch International, and Copland House Blend labels.

Concert dates at the national historic landmark venue are October 29, December 4, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 12 and June 26.

Sō Percussion

Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting) will embark on an eight-city tour of the U.S. and Europe in the 2016-17 season performing works for percussion quartet by five American composers: John Cage, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Bryce Dessner and Caroline Shaw.

Performance dates are in Princeton; Washington D.C.; New York (Carnegie Hall); Dayton, Ohio; Logan and Salt Lake City, Utah; Decorah, Iowa; and London, England.

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players will mark the one hundred birthday anniversary of Lou Harrison in 2017 with the program “Lou Harrison: A Centenary Celebration.” The all-day marathon on April 22 by the 24-member ensemble will feature four substantial works of the American innovator: Canticle#3, Varied Trio, Suite for Cello and Harp, and Scenes from Nek Chand.

The Harrison works will alternate with music of four young composers who were strongly influenced by Lou Harrison: Jimmy Lopez, Annie Gosfield, Gity Razaz, and Natacha Diels.
The event will also feature conversations with Harrison contemporaries, and a screening of Eva Soltes’ film Lou Harrison: A World of Music on April 21.