FY11 Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast Track Review Grants

GRANTS TO ORCHESTRAS

Announced November 23, 2010

Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, $10,000
To support a performance by Cirque de la Symphonie and a collaborative series of musical performances, exhibitions, and lecture-demonstrations.

Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA), $10,000
To support the Symphonic Gospel Celebration, featuring double bassist Joseph Conyers and combined choirs of area African American churches. Conyers, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform Prayers of Wind and Rain, a work composed for him by Philadelphia-based composer John B. Hedges.
 
Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances and related outreach activities concluding the Symphony's 85th season. Featured guest artists will include mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, soprano Jeanine Thames, and pianist Davide Cabassi in a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the presentation of Daniel Bernard Roumain's Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1, including performances and workshops. Roumain (known by his initials, DBR), a classically trained composer, performer, and violinist noted for blending classical, rock, and hip-hop music, will be in residence in Little Rock. Prior to the scheduled concerts, he will lead workshops for local high school students and community members.

Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Inspiring Virtuosity concert, featuring violinist Marié Rossano. The concert will be preceded by several interactive mini concerts with conductor Alan Futterman and Rossano, who will introduce the concert music to the diverse populations of Washington's Kitsap Peninsula.

Catskill Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert, master class, and enrichment program featuring violinist Mark O'Connor. In addition to the concert in which he will perform his Concerto No. 1 for Fiddle and Orchestra, O'Connor will conduct a master class and enrichment program for select students in grades one to 12, demonstrating his innovative approach to teaching violin.

Erie Philharmonic, $10,000
To support a concert featuring clarinetist Jon Manasse playing newly commissioned work by Lowell Liebermann.  Community outreach efforts will include a pre-concert lecture targeting a local retirement community. 

Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a pre-concert talk and public performance with pianist Adam Golka. Students at Pensacola High School will participate in an in-school student matinee performance and lecture by Golka, as well as attend the dress rehearsal for the public performance.

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by composer Lee Johnson. The piece will celebrate 19th-century African American architect Horace King, who worked throughout the South and settled in Troup County where the LaGrange Symphony is located.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Exploring Gershwin & Ravel, a concert featuring pianist Anton Nel. Related activities will include a pre-concert lecture hosted by classical radio host Jody Knol and an open rehearsal for local high school students.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances of AccorDances, a composition by Shelley Hanson and featuring accordionist Mark Stillman. The organization will present the performances for low-income seniors with disabilities at Elliot and Nicollet Island Parks.

Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support concerts featuring cellist Elinor Frey. Music students attending Southern Oregon University, Ashland High School, and Grants Pass High School, as well as individuals involved with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, will benefit from outreach activities with the guest artist.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast, $10,000
To support performances of Spontaneous Combustion by composer Chris Brubeck and featuring violinist Nicolas Kendall. Brubeck and Kendall will also lead master classes for the organization's youth symphony and in-school workshops for local music students.

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Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingham , AL, $10,000
To support a performance by violinist Joshua Bell. Prior to the public performance, students will be invited to attend a rehearsal and question-and-answer session with the artist. Partner organizations include the Music Opportunity Program and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama.

CityMusic Cleveland, $10,000
To support the commission, presentation, and recording of a new world premiere by composer Margaret Brouwer. Tentatively titled Daniel and the Snakeman and designed to provide an accessible entry point to orchestral music for children and their families, performances of the work will take place in venues throughout Cuyahoga County.

Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000
To support Festival Amadeus, a series of chamber music and orchestra concerts. Guest artists - who have previously included pianist Joel Fan, violinist Tim Fain, and cellist Stephen Framil - also will teach clinics for the community.

Ozark Foothills Filmfest, $10,000
To support FilmFest activities, including regional premieres of independent feature films. The festival will also include a workshop led by screenwriter Gordy Hoffman and a presentation of new music for Fritz Lang's classic film Metropolis performed by the Alloy Orchestra.