Opera Philadelphia will develop the American Repertoire Council, a national advisory body charged with assessing and deconstructing the company’s current process for creating new operatic works. The council will discuss the challenges of presenting opera in a competitive cultural landscape and, through conversations with leaders in other fields—such as technology, theater, and academia— will explore alternatives to Opera Philadelphia’s typically straightforward process of new opera development. This influx of artistic advisory experience will directly impact the organization’s 10-year commitment to producing one new American opera each season, building on its recent Center-funded commission of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Opera Philadelphia will disseminate the council’s findings to others in the field.1
Matana Roberts is an alto saxophonist working in various mediums of performance, including improvisation, dance, poetry, visual art, and theater.
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia connects the region’s arts organizations and for-profit businesses.
The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia performed the regional premiere of Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Through more than 100 published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is well-established as a major figure in contemporary music.
During Dancing around the Bride’s run at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition received a string of glowing reviews from the New York Times.
Daniel Bernard Roumain is a composer, violinist, and bandleader who combines his classical training with hip-hop and Haitian influences.
Since 1990, Michael Alexander has been the executive and artistic director of Grand Performances, which presents free performing arts events in Downtown Los Angeles.
As we near the end of 2015, we invited Center colleagues, collaborators, and grantees to share a memorable and inspiring cultural experience.
The premiere American Impresario article comes from one of the nation’s most adventurous radio producers, WNYC’s John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, New Sounds, and the New Sounds Live concert series.
This series curated by a local music expert sought to challenge our notions of music and noise with playlists that represented a range of genres, accompanied by interpretive narratives.
Ron Silliman is a poet and a 1998 Pew Fellow.