C&V Composer Lustig wins Charles Ives Fellowship

May 29, 2009
Ray Lustig

Ray Lustig

On May 20, 2009, the Academy of Arts and Letters held a ceremony in their auditorium on West 156 Street honoring men and women in various fields of the arts. 2007-08 C&V composer Ray Lustig was presented with one of two Charles Ives Fellowships.

According to the ceremony program:

Ray Lustig is writing music charged with intensity and leavened by intelligence. His Sonata for Violin and Piano shows the breadth of his vision. In it, a propulsive first movement which is quite shattering is followed by a movement of stillness and simplicity. This superimposition of opposites also applies for his award-winning Unstuck for orchestra, which explores past and present and the expectations they imply with surprising results.

Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’ music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in music since 1970. Poet, librettist, and Academy President J.D. McClatchy presented Lustig with the $15,000 Fellowship.

Vrebalov’s “…hold me” now on CD

May 22, 2009

Kronos Quartet: Floodplain

A composition by Aleksandra Vrebalov (part of AOP’s Composers & the Voice 2002-03 season) is featured on the Kronos Quartet CD Floodplain (Nonesuch Records) available this week. The 21 minute work “…hold me, neighbor, in this storm…” was commissioned in 2008 by Carnegie Hall. The CD has received a four star review from The Independent (UK), calling it “a one-world project handled with suitably welcoming passion and respect.”

Read full review and listen to music

NYCO podcast with Stephen Schwartz

May 7, 2009

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz sat down for an interview with New York City Opera following his recent presentation of scenes from Seance on a Wet Afternoon at VOX 2009. In the podcast, Schwartz discussed the development of his first opera and its upcoming premiere at Opera Santa Barbara.

Click here for interview.

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