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The Columbus Dispatch
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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
- New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon
- ProMusica's commissioned violin concerto brings together two friends
The Columbus Dispatch
- Violinist Benjamin Beilman joins the roster
New York Polyphony
- Preview: New York Polyphony adds a modern flair to old music
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The Boston Musical Intelligencer
- Review: Green Umbrella: A fascinating journey into the European avant-garde
Los Angeles Times
- Tenth Annual Opera News Awards to Honor Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas
- In With the New: It’s time we took more risk in new music programming.
The Wall Street Journal
Courtney Lewis and Aaron Jay Kernis extend contracts with Minnesota Orchestra
Lewis became the Orchestra’s assistant conductor at the start of the 2009-10 season; his new appointment is effective September 2010. As associate conductor he will continue to lead a variety of Orchestra concerts including Young People’s, family and summer concerts, and he will serve as cover conductor for many regular season classical concerts.
“In his first season with the Orchestra, Courtney has led a very wide range of concerts and has proven himself to be a fine communicator and above all, a first-rate conductor,” says Robert Neu, the Orchestra’s vice president and general manager. “He has a very bright future, and we’re pleased to work with him at the start of his professional career.”
Kernis, who co-founded the Composer Institute in 2001, has enjoyed a close association with the Orchestra since 1992, and served for ten seasons as new music advisor. The Institute is an acclaimed professional launch pad for emerging symphonic composers that includes six days of seminars, rehearsals, tutoring sessions and other career-development activities.
“Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and tremendous commitment to our Composer Institute,” says Music Director Osmo Vänskä, who conducts Future Classics, the annual concert of works selected for the Institute. “His mentorship of emerging composers is very important for the Orchestra, for new music and for our audiences. As an orchestra, we have a responsibility to take care of today’s music, and Aaron plays an invaluable role in this process.”