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Classical Notes: November 18, 2010 Archive

Alex Ross blogs about the MSO concert this weekend

Posted at 9:01 AM on November 18, 2010 by Alison Young
Filed under: In the media, Musician stories

Alex Ross - Music Critic at the New Yorker - writes today on his blog about the upcoming concert of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra - a tribute to American jazz great Dave Brubeck and a 90th birthday celebration.

Minnesota Orchestra's Microcommission Launched

Posted at 12:08 PM on November 18, 2010 by Daniel Gilliam (1 Comments)
Filed under: Events, Musician stories

Not all commissions are created equal. Some are large, some are small. But the notion that only those with "disposable income" could afford a new piece is meeting its demise with Minnesota Orchestra's Microcommission. Announced today on the orchestra's blog, Judd Greenstein will be the first composer to be commissioned by, well, anyone!

The concept of microdonations has blossomed in recent years through websites like Kickstarter, where anyone can give any amount to a project, artist, film and other artistic endeavors. Principal conductor of pops and presentations, Sarah Hicks, thought the concept would be perfect for a commission. She writes on the orchestra's page about wanting audience members to "feel a tangible connection to the work they are helping create."

Is this the future of new music? The future of financing new art in any medium?

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