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April 3, 2000, 9:30am - 2:30pm & 2pm - 5pm
71 West 23rd Street, New York City
Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions
Dennis Russell Davies & Paul Lustig Dunkel, Conductors; Robert
Beaser, Artistic Advisor
RAFAEL HERNANDEZ: Man Expanding
JOHN KLINE: Anytime Soon
JASON FREEMAN: Diffusions
JAMES MATHESON: Gliss
MATTHEW LIMA: A Golden Momentary Blur
BRIAN ROBISON: Imagined Corners
JUAN CUELLAR: Tatambo
Admission is free. Call 212-977-8495 for info/reservations.
American Composers Orchestra
Selects Nation's Top Emerging Composers for Whitaker New Music
Reading Sessions April 3, 2000
The American Composers Orchestra announces the winners of what has
become one of this country's most coveted opportunities for emerging
composers, its ninth annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions. This
event, made possible by a grant from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, will
be held on Monday, April 3 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to
5:00 PM at Masonic Hall (71 West 23d St., NYC). The Readings provide
an invaluable opportunity for up-and-coming composers to experience a
full orchestral rendering of their work, receive the reactions of
other composers and performers, and obtain a professional quality
tape to assist in their advancement.
of the nation's most promising composers in the early stages of
their professional careers were selected out of nearly 150
submissions received from around the country. This season's winners
are: Rafael Hernandez III, John Kline, Jason Freeman, James Matheson,
Matthew Lima, Brian Robison, and Juan Cuellar.
One of these composers will receive the ACO's Whitaker Commission,
which carries with it a $15,000 purse and a Carnegie Hall premiere.
Hsueh-Yung Shen, 1999 Whitaker Commission recipient, received
accolades from ACO President Francis Thorne for his piece
"Changing Hues and Cries". Mr. Shen, an Associate Professor
at Southwestern University, Texas, is in the early stages of
composition of his new work, though promises that it will be a
different style composition from the work that he won with.
To date, the Whitaker Reading Sessions have offered a vital resource
to the industry by providing essential career development
opportunities to some thirty-nine composers. Melinda Wagner, the 1999
recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, participated in the Reading
Sessions, as did Derek Bermel, who received a 1999 Guggenheim
Fellowship. Augusta Read Thomas is another past participant whose
career has taken off. Over the years, ACO has helped launch the
careers of many of today's top composers, including Ellen Taffe
Zwilich and Joseph Schwanter, who both received Pulitzer Prizes for
ACO commissions; and Robert Beaser, Ingram Marshall, Joan Tower,
Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Rouse, and Tobias Picker, whom the
orchestra championed when they were launching their careers.
This year's proceedings will be under the direction of Music Director
Dennis Russell Davies, Resident Conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel, and
Artistic Advisor Robert Beaser. Participating composers meet with
Davies and Dunkel before the Reading to discus their composition, and
afterward in a group session that includes selected players from the
orchestra. Senior advisors, the judges who initially reviewed all
submissions, are on hand to serve as mentors throughout the proceedings.
The reading sessions are open to the public at no charge.
Reservations are required, please call (212) 977-8495.
Composers Orchestra's 9th Annual Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions Composer-Participants
Freeman graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and is
currently pursuing an MA/DMA degree at Columbia University, where he
studies composition with Fred Lerdahl. Mr. Freeman has received the
Louis Sudler Prize, Yale's highest honor to a graduating senior in
the creative or performing arts, and twice has been a finalist for
the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers award. His trumpet concerto,
"Sestina", was awarded Yale's Friends of Music Prize and
was one of six compositions given special recognition in the New York
Youth Symphony's First Music 16 competition.
Rafael Hernandez III
Rafael Hernandez III, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is
currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin,
where he studies with Dan Welcher. He previously studied at Virginia
Commonwealth University with Dr. Peter Knell, Jonathan Romeo, and
Allan Blank. In 1999, he was chosen by Mr. Welcher to be an associate
at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and in 1997 was a recipient of a
BMI Student Composer Award for his piece, "PASTICHE".
studies in humanities at Indiana University, composer John Kline
entered Florida International University initially as a classical
guitarist, where he studied with the eminent Cuban guitarist Carlos
Molina, and later shifted to composition studies with Orlando Garcia,
Jon Christopher Nelson, and Fredrick Kaufman. Mr. Kline recently
completed graduate studies at the Yale School of Music with composers
Martin Bresnick, Evan Ziporyn, Ezra Laderman, Jack Vees, Anthony
Davis, Eleanor Hovda, and David Lang. Among the awards and prizes
that Mr. Kline has recieved, are the Ezra Laderman Prize, the
ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the John Day Jackson Award,
and two commissions from the Colorado Young Artists Orchestra.
undergraduate studies in composition with Burt Fenner at
Pennsylvania State University, Brian Robison earned his DMA and MFA
from Cornell where his composition teachers included Steven Stucky,
Karel Husa, and Roberto Sierra. Mr. Robison has received many prizes
and fellowships, such as the Donald Jay Grout Memorial Prize, the
Blackmore Prize, a Summer Fellowship from Cornell University, the
Andrew D. White Fellowship, the Tuition Fellowship, and the Prix
Maurice Ravel de la ville d'Avon Award. Current projects include
"Studies" for electric guitar and electronics, and "Neo-Meta"
for violin and marimba.
Matthew Lima is completing graduate studies in composition with
Michael Finnissy and Steve Martland at the Royal Academy of Music.
Attending as a British Marshall Scholar Mr. Lima is one of forty
Americans, from all academic fields, selected annually by the British
Government to conduct two years of postgraduate study in the United
Kingdom. Mr. Lima received his A.B. Summa cum laude in music
composition from Harvard University, where his teachers were Mario
Davidovsky, Bernard Rands, and Michael Gandolfi. Awards include the
Hugh F. MacColl Prize, the John Green Fellowship, and the
ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Award, in addition to commissions
from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Manhattan
Matheson graduated from Cornell University with an MFA and a DMA,
where he studied composition with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky.
Mr. Matheson pursued undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College,
where he studied composition with Gerald Levinson and Thomas Whitman.
He has been a recipient of a composition Fellowship from the Aspen
Music Festival, received awards from ASCAP, and has been commissioned
to write new works by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Juan Cuellar completed graduate studies, on a Fulbright Scholarship,
and is currently a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where he
studies composition with David Dzubay. Originally from Bogota,
Columbia, he attended the Pontificia Universidad Jaeriana, where he
received his BM in composition and later served on its faculty. Mr.
Cuellar has been commissioned by the Fundacion Arte de la Musica and
the Instituto Colombiano de Cultura, has published several of his
works for chamber ensemble, and had his work
"Ficción" for orchestra recorded by the National
Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia.
The Whitaker New Music Reading Sessions are made possible with the
generous support of the Helen F. Whitaker Fund. ACO programs are also
made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the
Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.