The 66th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards Announced

The 66th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards Announced

The BMI Foundation, in collaboration with BMI, has announced the nine young classical composers, ages 18 to 26, who have been named winners of the 66th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Renowned American composer and Chair of the Student Composer Awards Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, BMI President and CEO and BMIF Honorary Chair Mike O’Neill, and BMI Executive Director of Classical and BMIF President Deirdre Chadwick presented the awards at a private ceremony held on May 14, 2018, at Three Sixty° in New York City. 

For more information, including the list of the winners: click here

 

"CLASSICS FOR KIDS" RADIO FEATURES ON WOMEN COMPOSERS

"CLASSICS FOR KIDS" RADIO FEATURES ON WOMEN COMPOSERS

A new series of "Classics for Kids" features on women composers will begin airing on radio stations across the country in March - Women's History Month. An installment on contemporary composers introduces some of them: Caroline Shaw, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Lera Auerbach, Kaija Saariaho, Chen Yi, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Missy Mazzoli, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Tania León. You can listen to the short feature here.

Watch Claudia Schreier's new ballet "Wordplay," set to a movement of Ellen's Quintet

Watch Claudia Schreier's new ballet "Wordplay," set to a movement of Ellen's Quintet

Last month, Claudia Schreier & Company premiered a new work, "Wordplay," a pas de deux set to the first movement of Ellen's Quintet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass & Piano (2011), at an engagement at the Joyce Theater's 2017 Ballet Festival. The New York Times, praising the work's "playful, on-the-nose musicality," said, "'Wordplay' was performed by Unity Phelan and Jared Angle of City Ballet, and it closely resembled something you might see them dance with their home company: a sleek duet to a spiky, rhythmic modernist score (a quintet by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich)." 

You can watch the seven-minute work on Vimeo below or HERE.

DVD Available: PEANUTS GALLERY - The Making of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Suite for Piano and Orchestra

DVD Available: PEANUTS GALLERY - The Making of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Suite for Piano and Orchestra

In 1990, Charles M. Schulz saluted Zwilich in the Peanuts strip for her flute concerto. This led to a fast friendship between the two talents and Zwilich's masterwork Peanuts Gallery, a six-movement piano concerto, each movement illustrates a favorite character from the comic strip. Florida State University produced a documentary, also featured on PBS, of the collaboration that led to the creation of Peanuts Gallery. The DVD is a fascinating documentary on the making of Peanuts Gallery, featuring interviews with Charles M. Schulz, Jean (Mrs. Charles M.) Schulz, and composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich about their creative processes. The video also features a live performance by the Florida State University Orchestra with piano soloist James Nalley, conducted by Alex Jimenez (including Snoopy dancing the Samba!).

Click HERE to purchase the DVD.

Buzz about "Pas De Trois"

Buzz about "Pas De Trois"

There has been a lot of buzz about Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's "Pas de Trois" since its premiere on Sept. 18th, 2016 by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. Composed in honor of the ensemble's fortieth anniversary, "Pas de Trois" is the sixth work that she has written for the trio throughout their long and critically acclaimed career.