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Classical Music Finds a Way to Showcase New Works

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From News, posted 9.01.20. Across the country beginning in early March, classical concerts were being postponed, then canceled. Since then, though concert halls remain dark, the creation and performance of music has continued, thanks to numerous classical music organizations that have stepped up during these unprecedented times to ensure that classical composers have platforms on… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 68th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners

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From News, posted 5.12.20. The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with BMI, has announced the eight young classical composers, ages 18 to 27, who have been named winners of the 68th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. With the postponement of this year’s ceremony, Director of the Awards and BMIF President Deirdre Chadwick announced the recipients… Read more...


Zigzagging Through Genres, BMI Composer Aaron Zigman’s Music Transcends Boundaries

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From News, posted 2.27.20. As a classically trained pianist, conductor and composer, Aaron Zigman brings to his work a degree of versatility that’s rarely seen. His deep classical roots, combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music’s greatest performers, has given him the ability to traverse all genres of music.… Read more...


BMI Composer Peter Boyer Shares His Story

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From News, posted 1.22.20. From Billy Joel to Mozart, Peter Boyer’s muses have led him to a successful life as a classical composer with many facets to his music. In this exclusive video, celebrating Classical Music Month, the GRAMMY-nominee sits down with BMI to share his thoughts on his most famous work, Ellis Island: The… Read more...


Women Warriors Capture the Audience at NY’s Alice Tully Hall

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From News, posted 9.24.19. BMI composers Amy Andersson, Miriam Cutler, Lolita Ritmanis, Starr Parodi, Isolde Fair, Mandy Hoffman and Penka Kouneva, along with composers Anne-Kathrin Dern, Sharon Farber and violinist Nathalie Bonin, paid inspiring tribute to some of the women who have changed the course of history on Friday with their stunning concert, Women Warriors:… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Classical Composer Christopher Rouse

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From News, posted 9.23.19. BMI is saddened by the loss of renowned classical composer and mentor, Christopher Rouse, who passed away on Saturday in Baltimore at the age of 70. The Pulitzer Prize-winning symphonist is known for pursuing and capturing the expressive spirit of “New Romanticism,” a term he himself used to describe his extensive… Read more...


Student Composer Award Winner Juan Pablo Contreras’ Star Continues to Rise

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.12.19. Juan Pablo Contreras is a shining example of why BMI bestows its Student Composer Awards to promising classical composers. It was not that long ago that Contreras won BMI’s William Schuman Prize for his piece, ”El Laberinto de la Soledad.” True to the intent of the accolade, he has continually demonstrated… Read more...


How Do Composers Develop Their Own Voice?

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From The Weekly, posted 9.10.19. In honor of Classical Music Month, The Weekly tapped into Deirdre Chadwick, who leads BMI’s Classical team, for her thoughts on how composers develop their own voice. Here’s what she said:  Deirdre Chadwick, Creative, New York: I think if you posed the question to 100 composers, you could easily… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Pulitzer Prize Winner Mario Davidovsky

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From News, posted 8.29.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing of legendary BMI classical composer Mario Davidovsky. Known for his pioneering use of live acoustic instruments and electronics, Davidovsky sought to maintain an organic human element in his work, which he achieved throughout his prolific career. Notably, he won the Pulitizer Prize… Read more...


Lucas Richman’s Music Inspires the Audience to Repair the World

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From News, posted 8.20.19. Lucas Richman’s newest work, Symphony:This Will Be Our Reply, made its West Coast Premiere on August 17 to an inspired crowd at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Conducted by Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, the three movements of music explore the contrasts of great beauty… Read more...


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