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Among the 2018-19 recipients of American Music Project grants was Crossing Borders for their wide-ranging programs offering a variety of 20th- and 21st-century music by African-American women composers.

Chicago Classical Review covered the March 31 program at Impromptu Fest in Chicago’s Guarneri Hall. Click here to read the review.

June 20, 2019 / Lawrence A. Johnson

"Still Life with Musical Instruments."
“Still Life with Musical Instruments.”

AMP grant applications for the 2019-20 season are online and may be submitted starting today.

The current application form will remain available on the site until August 31, 2019. Grants will be awarded for performances taking place from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

Awards will be announced October 1.

Click here to apply.

June 8, 2019 / Lawrence A. Johnson

Semiosis Quartet

The Semiosis Quartet will perform two concerts of music by American women composers in Boston. The program will include Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s String Quartet No. 2, Florence Price’s String Quartet, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet 1931, Shelley Washington’s Say and Caroline Shaw’s Valencia. semiosisquartet.com

MicroFest

MicroFest will present Harry Partch’s monumental work of Depression-era Americana, The Wayward, at Disney Hall, Los Angeles in March of 2019. The event will constitute a world premiere, with Partch’s rarely heard “Ulysses at the Edge” performed as a fifth section of The Wayward for the very first time. microfest.org

Cherchez la Femme

Cherchez la Femme will present two programs in Chicago that will survey music by American women composers, from 1900 to the present, for flute and cello. The composers represented are Louise Talma, Sylvia Hazlerig., Billie Holiday, Barbara Kolb, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Sylvia Glickman, Joan Tower, Katherine Hoover, Meira Warschauer and Gwyethe Walker. cherchezlafemmeensemble.com

Crossing Borders Music

Crossing Borders Music will present a program of chamber works by African-American women composers in Chicago in March of 2019. The program will include Florence Price’s 5 Folksongs in Counterpoint, Undine Smith-Moore’s Afro-American Suite, Brittany J. Green’s Portraits for Piano Solo, and Elizabeth Baker’s Rain on the Cotton. crossingbordersmusic.org

October 8, 2018 / Lawrence A. Johnson

"Spanish Music Hall" by Everett Shin, 1902.
“Spanish Music Hall” by Everett Shin, 1902.

AMP grant applications for the 2018-19 season are online and may be submitted beginning tomorrow, June 1.

The current application form will remain available on the site until August 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded for performances taking place from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

Awards will be announced October 1.

Click here to apply.

May 31, 2018 / Lawrence A. Johnson

The Singers
The Singers

Miller Theatre for the JACK Quartet’s programs in its Soundscape America series (New York).

The JACK Quartet will present a two-concert event October 19 and 21, 2017, exploring some of the most consequential American string quartets of the 20th and 21st centuries. The 11 works include music of Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Gloria Coates and John Zorn.

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The Singers (Minnesota)

The Singers will present an American choral program May 19 and 20, 2018, featuring John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill,”  Dominick Argento’s “Dover Beach Revisited, Ned Rorem’s “From an Unknown Past” and Jake Runestad’s “Come to the Woods.” The Singers will record all four works along with music of Samuel Barber, William Schuman, and Cecil Effinger.

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Commonwealth Chorale (Massachusetts)

The Commonwealth Chorale will mark the 150th birthday season of pioneering American composer Amy Beach with a performance November 11, 2017 of her rarely heard Mass in E-Flat Major. Presented in a new critical edition by Matthew Phelps, the concert will also mark the 125th anniversary of the Mass’s premiere.

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Amici Tonic Vocal Ensemble (Columbus, Ohio)

The Amici Tonic Vocal Ensemble will present a program of American vocal chamber music in the Spring of 2018, which will feature Dominick Argento’s “To be Sung Upon the Water,” George Rochberg’s “3 Psalms for Vocal Quartet,” and  Andrew List’s “Journey of Seasons.” 

October 17, 2017 / Lawrence A. Johnson

John Sloan: "The City from Greenwich Village," 1922.
John Sloan: “The City from Greenwich Village,” 1922.

Due to circumstances, the announcement of American Music Project grants for the 2017-18 season has been delayed and will now take place Monday, October 16.

Please check back to the AMP website on that date.

 

October 2, 2017 / Lawrence A. Johnson

"Spanish Music Hall" by Everett Shin, 1902.
“Spanish Music Hall” by Everett Shin, 1902.

AMP grant applications for the 2018-19 season are online and may be submitted beginning tomorrow, June 1.

The current application form will remain available on the site until August 31, 2018. Grants will be awarded for performances taking place from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

Awards will be announced October 1.

Click here to apply.

June 19, 2017 / Lawrence A. Johnson

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As we prepare to accept grant applications for the 2017-18 season, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the American Music Project.`

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to allow us to continue our work for American classical music and fund future grant awards for this coming season. 

While AMP, of course, will accept contributions of any size, we are seeking 20 generous individuals or entities to contribute $1,000 each before July 1.

In just three years, AMP has made great strides in its mission of presenting, promoting, commissioning and advocating for great American classical music of the past and present.

Among AMP achievements:

  • Commissioned Amy Wurtz’s Piano Quintet and presented the world premiere in Chicago, which received positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Classical Review.
  • Commissioned Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet and presented the world premiere in New York and Chicago performed by JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. These concerts also received accolades from the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
  • Awarded grants to several artists and ensembles performing American repertory, including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, pianist Nicholas Phillips, Third Angle New Music, So Percussion, Music from Copland House and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Please help us continue this important advocacy work for American music of the past and present. Future plans include expanding our annual grant reach, more AMP commissions, and recording the Wurtz Piano Quintet.

Won’t you please make a tax-deductible contribution before July 1? Again, all we need is twenty people contributing $1,000 each to reach our goal. Click on the blue button or send a check made out to American Music Project at the address below.

Thank you for your support. All best for a happy and healthy summer!

best, 

Larry

Lawrence A. Johnson

Executive Director

American Music Project

233 E. Wacker Drive, #2311

Chicago, IL 60601

May 4, 2017 / Lawrence A. Johnson

d1d5d-giftwrapWith the end of the year approaching, please consider making a final, tax-deductible gift to the American Music Project for 2016.

We are wrapping up our final fund-raising push for 2016 and are just $10,000 short of our goal.

In just three short years, AMP has made great strides in its mission of presenting, promoting, commissioning and advocating for great American classical music of the past and present.

Among AMP achievements:

  • Commissioned Amy Wurtz’s Piano Quintet and presented the world premiere in Chicago, which received positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Classical Review.
  • Commissioned Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet and presented the world premiere in New York and Chicago performed by JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. These concerts also received raves from the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
  • Awarded grants to several artists and ensembles performing American repertory in the 2015-16 season, including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, pianist Nicholas Phillips, Third Angle New Music, and Aperio, Music of the Americas. 
  • Will award grants for programs of American music in the 2016-17 season to So Percussion, Music from Copland House and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

Please do help us continue this important advocacy work for American music of the past and present. Future plans include expanding our annual grant reach, a third AMP commission, recording the Wurtz Piano Quintet and presenting it in New York and Miami in 2017-18.

Won’t you please make a tax-deductible contribution before December 31? All we need is ten people contributing $1,000 each or twenty people contributing $500 each to reach our 2016 goal.

Thank you in advance. Email me or click on the blue button for information on how to make a donation.

All best for a happy and healthy holiday season!

best, 

Larry

Lawrence A. Johnson

Executive Director

[email protected]

December 12, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson

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Music from Copland House
coplandhouse.org/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
sopercussion.com

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
sfcmp.org

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.

October 4, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson