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The Importance of Being Dobrinka Tabakova

What’s the most important factor in becoming a successful contemporary composer? (By successful, I mean a composer whose work gets played regularly in public venues, recorded, and written about in the music press). Talent? Sure. Determination? Of course. Hard work? Maybe. Strong relationships with musicians who inspire and play your work? Dobrinka Tabakova, the 32-year-old […]

Harold Shapero, Dead at 93

Statement from the Shapero Family regarding the passing of Harold Shapero (1920-2013) Harold Shapero, an American composer, pianist and longtime Professor of Music at Brandeis University, passed peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the age of 93, following complications with pneumonia. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts on April 29, 1920, Shapero maintained […]

Black Wagner: African-American Wagnerism and the Question of Race Revisited

Alex Ross’s next book, “Wagner–Art in the Shadow of Music” is still very much a work in progress but his keynote lecture at Wagner WorldWide 2013 at the University of South Carolina (now up on YouTube) demonstrates that he is on the trail of some fascinating, and little known, aspects of his subject’s world.

Get Schooled on New Music at OjaiU

Here’s something cool to mark on your calendar.  The Ojai Music Festival is launching  a free three-week online course next Wednesday, May 15,  leading up to the 2013 Festival which runs June 6-9.   The courses are designed to help audiences “listen smarter” and enable them to gain deeper insight into the music and programming […]

Wanted: Major WordPress Dude (or Dudette)

We’re looking for a WordPress genius to help us update Sequenza21 by cleaning out the crawl space and attic, adding some new wiring and plumbing, attaching the garage to the main house, making the family room a more fun place to hang out and talk and to bring in a new Wolf oven and SubZero […]

Calling All coLABorabtionists: Win a Pair of Tickets for Zankel Hall on Friday Night

Who wants  a pair of tickets to coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe at Zankel Hall on Friday night?  This is an ACO project described as the first and only professional research and development lab to support the creation of cutting-edge new American orchestral music through no-holds-barred experimentation.   The composers participating in coLABoratory this season are selected from a […]

Do you really, really like us?

The world has reached a sad state when our individual and institutional  worth is measured by how many people like us on a social media web site.  But, alas, these are modern times and in the spirit of getting with the program, we have created a Sequenza 21 Facebook page where we are cheerfully posting […]

A Late Quartet Connects Random Acts of Life

At an early point in Yaron Zilberman’s new film A Late Quartet,  Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) the cellist and father figure of a world renowned string quartet, explains Beethoven’s Opus 131 to his students:  “It has seven movements and they’re all connected.  For us, it means playing without pause; no resting, no tuning. Our instruments […]

A Barnraiser in Potsdam

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of Potsdam, NY on Tuesday night of this week, I highly recommend to you a concert of four recent works by Crane composer David Heinick, which will be performed by members of the Crane School of Music faculty, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music […]

Executive Director Position Open at MATA

David T. Little is stepping down as MATA executive director this fall to focus more fully on his compositional life and to pursue other professional endeavors.  MATA is looking for a new ED. Says David: “It can be a really rewarding position, with excellent colleagues, and can provide a one of a kind opportunity for […]