Cornell orchestras lauded for ‘adventurous’ programming

Cornell orchestras lauded for ‘adventurous’ programming

Congratulations to the Cornell Orchestras, which won a 2013-14 Award for Adventurous Programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at the recent convention of the League of American Orchestras in Seattle.

The orchestras took second place in the Collegiate Orchestra division and have been successful in many previous ASCAP competitions, including taking first place in 2012 and 2009 and third place in 2010 and 2011. Cornell orchestras include the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and the Cornell Chamber Orchestra.

ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that “challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time,” according to a League press release.

“A culturally relevant orchestra in today’s world should have a mission of continuing to build an audience for classical music, a living art form that is continually interacting with other art forms and our audience members,” said Chris Younghoon Kim, director of the orchestras. “But new works can engage both orchestra and the audience to gain new perspectives and to listen with open ears and open minds. They can also highlight a composer’s intention in expressing in music what can not be expressed in words alone.”

Composers featured by Cornell orchestras this year included Roberto Sierra, Joseph Phibbs, Niccolo D. Athens, Lou Harrison, Ian Doyle, Ray Li and Soundspace Team, James Spinazzola and Tania León, Kim said. 

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