Gunther Schuller, a Pulitzer-prize winning composer and leading proponent of the Third Stream movement that synergized jazz and classical, died Sunday in Boston. He was 89 years old.
It's been reported that Oscar-nominated and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Sam Shepard, was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested after he was unable to leave a Santa Fe Parking lot because his emergency break was still on.
Visionary American composer John Luther Adams has been awarded the coveted Columbia University School of the Arts William Schuman Award. The William Schuman Award is a recognition which has been given over the past three decades. The award is named for the first recipient of the prize and offers a $50,000 unrestricted grant to its recipients. According to Columbia, the goal of the award is to recognize lifetime achievements of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance. “John Luther Adams's work anticipates a complex yet poetic intertwining of music and space. Whether he is writing for nontraditional sites or evoking the expansiveness of outdoor landscapes inside the concert hall, his writing radically redefines the relationship between sound and locality. We are thrilled to honor him with the Schuman Award,” says Carol Becker, dean of the Columbia School of the Arts. Adams is a composer who uses the natural world as inspiration for his life and work. He has won the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness. He also received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that evokes thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels. The piece was performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded by the Seattle Symphony and has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
The latest from Pulitzer Prize winning Michael Chabon doesn't come in the form of text — it appears on vinyl, honoring his old post-punk outfit The Bats in a new 12'' format entitled "Demo 5:26:84" from the Pittsburgh indie Mind Cure Records.
Following her 75th birthday this past April, composer (and violinist) Ellen Taaffe Zwilich has a stacked 2014-2015 season, including three separate performances--two of which are world premieres--as well as a Swedish radio documentary about her.
Ayad Ayhtar's drama about Muslim-American identity also won Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards.
The Seattle Symphony will give the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’ ‘Become Ocean’ at Carnegie Hall on the evening of May 6. Conductor Ludovic Morlot will lead the orchestra in Adams’ monumental oratorio, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music earlier today.
Obie-winner 'The Flick," a three-hour drama set in a movie theater and written by Annie Baker, author of 'Circle Mirror Transformation,' gets an even bigger feather in its cap with the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
"A haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels," writes the Pulitzer board about Adams' winning work.
The (very) earthly pursuits of Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III aside, Wynton Marsalis--noted jazz trumpeter, jazz composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center--will also become director of jazz studies at the Juilliard School beginning July 1, 2014.
The Ravinia Festival will present two firsts on its August 26 program: the première of David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'little match girl passion,' and the debut of Chicago-based contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird.
Despite the best efforts of would-be interdisciplinarians throughout Euclidean space and Cartesian time--from antiquity's Pythagoreans, to Leonard Meyer's Chicago cohorts of the '60s, to the acolytes of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Bloomington colloquia--music, science and knowledge, while certainly linked beyond mere coincidence or the occasional isomorphism, ultimately exist as three functionally discrete, fully autonomous endeavors.
At just 30 years old, violinist, composer (and Princeton grad student) Caroline Adelaide Shaw has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music.