During a panel presented recently at the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver, the American Music Center and the American Composers Forum reported preliminary findings from “Taking Note,” a survey of American composers. The study was undertaken to help those organizations better serve their constituencies. According to its findings, the average American composer is a highly educated 45-year-old white male.Music News includes an item saying that Composers, Inc. has seven world premiere commissions on its 2008-09 season, by Sean Friar, Clint Needham, Robert Greenberg, Frank La Rocca, Jeffrey Miller, Martin Rokeach, and Allen Shearer. (The latter composers are five of the six artistic directors of Composers, Inc.) The group will also present works by Ann Callaway, Edmund Campion, Matthew Cmiel, Cindy Cox, Donald Crockett, Richard Felciano, Derek Jacoby, and Robert Muczynski during the upcoming season.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Today's SFCV Music News column brings to mind something Steve Smith wrote last month in a Times review: