FY 2013 CHALLENGE AMERICA

GRANTS TO ORCHESTRAS

Announced December 4, 2012

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

Adrian Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Adrian Symphony Orchestra playing an all-Beethoven concert featuring violinist Caroline Goulding with related outreach activities. Goulding will participate in associated outreach activities including a free rehearsal open to the public, educational concerts designed specifically for elementary students, and concerts for members of the HOPE Community Center, a social service organization addressing the needs of adults with disabilities.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, $10,000
To support a master class, dress rehearsal, and public performance with the Ahn Trio and members of the American Youth Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Spalding. All activities are scheduled to take place at the George Mason University Center for the Arts and will be targeted to engage economically disadvantaged middle school students.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support performances and workshops featuring guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa. In addition to public performances during concerts held at the Robinson Center Music Hall, Figueroa will conduct workshops and a master class for high school and college students from throughout central Arkansas.

Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, $10,000
To support a concert series and related outreach activities celebrating American, Latin, and British symphonic music. Guest artists, composer Jennifer Higdon and pianist Michael Chertock, will participate in outreach activities including master classes, a music seminar with as many as 800 fifth-grade students, pre- and post-concert discussions, and an open rehearsal.

Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Spanish Fire: Guitarist Petar Jankovic in North Dakota, including performances and workshops conducted by the classical guitarist. Project activities will include Jankovic's participation in narrative performances for local youth, a performance at an assisted living center, and his performance during BMSO's season-opening subscription concert.

Catskill Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert featuring the Celtic music and step dancing of Cherish the Ladies. Under the leadership of flutist Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies will perform at SUNY Oneonta's Alumni Field House for audiences drawn from a three-county area in rural Central New York.

CityMusic Cleveland, $10,000
To support the presentation of Israeli composer Avner Dorman's Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu as part of the Intergenerational Concert Series. The musical parable will present Israeli playwright Ephraim Sidon's story, narrated by Clarence Willams Marshall, and its central theme of daily conflict between people and nations.

Cobb Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the Zion Celebration Concert, featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, bass-baritone Dr. Oral Moses. The concert, featuring the instrumental music of the Birdsongs of Mesozoic - a unique chamber music quartet - and orchestrated by Erick Lindgren, will be presented at the historic Zion Baptist Church.

Erie Philharmonic, $10,000
To support the presentation of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (the "Emperor" concerto) and associated outreach activities. In addition to featuring pianist Inon Barnatan, the multidisciplinary event will highlight the work of cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos and will take place in the Warner Theatre for audiences drawn from northwestern Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, and the Southern Tier of New York.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support a concert featuring Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a series of outreach activities that will engage Latino and Hispanic residents in Virginia. Morales will provide bilingual workshops for students attending Spanish immersion schools, an open rehearsal for students, a visit to the Levine School of Music, lectures for adults in Fairfax, and transportation to the concert will be provided by Fairfax Symphony Orchestra to students attending Fairfax County Public Schools.

Fort Smith Symphony, $10,000
To support EARQUAKE!, an annual, free interactive concert series featuring violinist and pianist Andrew Chu, composer Miho Sasaki, and the Western Arkansas Ballet. The series, taking place in a rural area, will reach more than 3,000 students who will participate in outreach activities including workshops, instrument demonstrations, a lecture, and a music composition class taught by Sasaki.

Glacier Symphony and Chorale, $10,000
To support the annual Festival Amadeus. Taking place in a rural community, local residents and youth participants from the North Valley Music School will have the opportunity to see open rehearsals and performances and participate in artist-led master classes.

Grand Rapids Symphony, $10,000
To support the annual presentation of Symphony with Soul, as well as a collaborative workshop involving Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra musicians and local public school students. Symphony with Soul, led by guest conductor Michael Morgan, will feature pastor and gospel singer Dr. Marvin Sapp, and the concert will include the presentation of original music created during the workshop, performed by local public school students.

Great Falls Symphony, $10,000
To support performances and outreach activities featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie. In addition to a public performance with orchestra, the project will include a program for residents at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, an open rehearsal for university and high school students, and workshops taking place at as many as two high schools.

Juneau Symphony, $10,000
To support Motown music performances and related outreach activities with Spectrum, a vocal quartet. Outreach will include an open dress-rehearsal; complimentary tickets will be provided to K-12 students through the "Kids2Concert" program.

Mankato Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Deconstructing Don Quixote, featuring violist Sam Bergman and cellist Sebastian B?verstam. The two-part performances will include an educational discussion for the audience about the narrative, character development, and musical composition of Richard Strauss' Don Quixote.

Mid Texas Symphony, $10,000
To support a multimedia performance that will include a slideshow assembled by Astrophysicist Dr. Eric Schlegel, displaying planet photography while violinist Charles Yang performs Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and Holst's The Planets. The project will also include a pre-concert conversation about astronomy led by Schlegel, two shortened concerts designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and discounted tickets for students, the military, families, and musicians.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, $10,000
To support the annual Free Concerts for Seniors performance series featuring bagpiper Mike Breidenbach. Concerts serving economically disadvantaged seniors will be held at different community venues throughout Minneapolis including the historic Nicollet Island Pavilion, Elliot Park, and the Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt.

National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale, $10,000
To support The American Virtuoso Violin concert featuring violinist Elena Urioste and the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra, with related outreach activities. Urioste and the orchestra will travel to Ward Five, located in Washington, DC, and provide master classes for students at Doar Charter School.

San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Classics Revisited, featuring violinist Lindsay Deutsch, with associated outreach activities. As many as 350 San Bernardino-area youth and their families will be invited to attend the concert at no charge and complimentary tickets will be given to 50 San Bernardino City Unified School District Honors Orchestra students and their parents.

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support the presentation of the musical trio Time for Three. Time for Three will perform for economically disadvantaged students attending elementary, middle, and high schools located in Jefferson and Leon Counties, and will also lead master classes for Florida State University students.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, $10,000
To support Mark O'Connor and Friends, a concert and related student workshops featuring fiddler/violinist/composer Mark O'Connor with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Complimentary tickets and bus transportation to the concert will be provided to economically disadvantaged students.

Walla Walla Symphony, $10,000
To support performances by PROJECT Trio and associated outreach activities. PROJECT Trio will collaborate with symphony musicians to offer a public symphonic concert, an educational family concert, and a chamber ensemble soiree, as well as provide music education programs for schools located throughout Washington, targeting economically disadvantaged, geographically isolated youth.

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, $10,000
To support the commission and premiere of a new concerto for electric violin composed by Kenji Bunch and performed by electric violinist Tracy Silverman, with associated outreach activities. Silverman and Bunch will lead free workshops for economically disadvantaged youth at elementary, middle, and high schools located in San Antonio and work with as many as 40 youth string players who participate in the Orchestra's free, daily after-school music program; students and their families will receive complementary tickets to the concert.

RELATED CHALLENGE AMERICA GRANTS

Endless Mountain Music Festival, $10,000
To support the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a series of concerts and related activities held in Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. Proposed artists Shelton Berg (jazz piano), Peter Kenote (violin), Frederick Zlotkin (cello), and Doris Hall-Gulati (clarinet) will perform throughout the region and participate in outreach activities including pre- and post-concert discussions, master classes, and educational programs.

Miami Music Project, $10,000
To support the presentation of the Amernet String Quartet. The quartet will perform with the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra and students enrolled in the Miami Music Project Orchestral Academy chapters in Doral, FL, and the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami.

Oklahoma Israel Exchange, $10,000
To support performances by Shesh Besh, an Arab-Jewish music ensemble from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and associated outreach activities. Shesh Besh will lead workshops about Middle Eastern music and improvisation for jazz musicians and provide narrated concerts with question-and-answer sessions for students and for Oklahoma City residents living in retirement and assisted living facilities, including the Schusterman Community Center, a facility for older Jewish residents with disabilities.

Street Symphony Project, $10,000
To support the Street Symphony Los Angeles Veterans Concert Series, a series of free performances at clinics and not-for-profits serving low-income and homeless veterans. Proposed guest artists include musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, jazz guitarist Howard Alden, cellist Lynn Harrell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel.