I’m late getting to this but one of our regulars called my attention to an article in last Sunday’s New York Times about the League of Composers titled Modernists Commission Their Future that struck said regular as misleading. To wit, the article says, in reference to new music organizations that commission new works from composers:
Aside from ensembles like Signal and Alarm Will Sound, which started springing up around specific projects, the American Composers Orchestra was practically the only option in town.
Correct me I’m wrong here, but I don’t believe Signal has commissioned anything so far and Alarm May Sound does mostly arrangements of existing works. On the other hand, the Metropolis Ensemble, led by Andrew Cyr, has commissioned about 25 works over the past three years ago and has just announced a season that includes 9 more new works. I know this because the Metropolis folks have been one S21’s faithful sponsors. Clearly, we haven’t done a good enough job helping them get out the word.
I suspect there may other organizations out there with commissioning programs that were slighted by the Times article also. Anybody have any thoughts?