Warm congratulations to my Penn colleague Anna Weesner on winning the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Press release here. I note that her haunting cycle My Mother in Love will be performed by Tony Arnold and Cygnus at Symphony Space in NYC on April 30. More info here.
A message from the MacDowell Colony came in recently, mentioning that you can hear the address given by its chairman of the board Michael Chabon at this spring’s American Academy of Arts and Letters ceremonial by visiting here. Text versions of recent addresses are also available at that site, with speakers including Louise Glück, Wallace Shawn, and Chuck Close. (In Close’s speech, you will learn that this famous maker of portraits actually has prosopagnosia, of all things.)
By coincidence, in my current reading I have finally got around to Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which well deserves its high reputation.
Calvin Trillin gave the Blashfield Address at the American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial this spring, and you can have a good laugh by going here to read or listen to the speech, which is entitled “Deadline Poet”.
Update: the Trillin speech has been taken down, but for the 2011 speach, go here.
Yes, Meryl Streep was at the American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial week before last, being inducted as an honorary member. But somehow she didn’t get into the following pictures, so you will have to be satisfied with a bunch of composers.
L to R: James Primosch, Steven Stucky, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Pierre Jalbert, Shulamit Ran, Daniel Asia, David Felder, Barbara Petersen of BMI
L to R: David Felder, Daniel Asia, James Primosch
New music trivia buffs will have noted that all the composers in these pictures are published by the Theodore Presser Company – so thank you to Judith Ilika, head of promotion at Presser, for wielding the camera.
Today the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the 2010 winners of its various awards in music, and I will be present at the award ceremony in May as the recipient of one of four Academy Awards in Music. A link to the press release here. Curiously, all four winners of the Academy Award are published by Theodore Presser Co. – Daniel Asia, David Felder, Pierre Jalbert being the other three.