Congratulations are in order for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which has once again won important recognition for its commitment to contemporary American music. The NSO was presented with an ASCAP Award for its programming at last week’s League of American Orchestra’s conference. The award caps off a season that featured three important world-premiere performances and a trip to Carnegie Hall. The orchestra has supplied the following details:
Nashville Symphony is one of 24 American orchestras honored with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The awards were announced on June 8 at the League of American Orchestras’ annual conference in Dallas, and recognize orchestras that challenge the audience, build the repertoire and increase interest in the music of our time. Nashville Symphony was recognized with a second-place award for Programming of Contemporary Music because of its focus on showcasing the work of contemporary American composers, including Béla Fleck, Terry Riley and Richard Danielpour.
The League of American Orchestras and ASCAP present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes. Approximately $700,000 dollars have been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947.
“We are excited to be recognized for this award,” says Alan Valentine, the NSO’s president and CEO. “The Nashville Symphony has an extensive history of commissioning, premiering and recording contemporary American music. When the orchestra performs a brand-new piece, it adds to the excitement of the concert-going experience and allows us to hear the classics in a fresh context. We will continue our commitment to new music with more commissions and world premieres in the seasons to come.”
Over the past year, the Nashville Symphony performed the following contemporary American works:
- ·Béla Fleck’s Concerto for Banjo— world premiere and Nashville Symphony commission.
- ·Richard Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley — world premiere and Nashville Symphony commission.
- ·Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Dancers, Dreamers and Presidents — Nashville premiere and co-commission with Sphinx Organization Commissioning Consortium.
- ·Terry Riley’s Palmian Chord Ryddle — world premiere and Nashville Symphony commission.
- ·Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4 and Fandangos, both of which will be featured on an upcoming Nashville Symphony recording.