Friday, June 18, 2010

Alabama S. O. Wins ASCAP award for programming; M. L. King Work of Adolphus Hailstork Debuts in 2010-2011 Season

[Prof. Adolphus Hailstork]

Published: Friday, June 18, 2010
Michael Huebner – The Birmingham News
“ASO and Music Director Justin Brown will be recognized today in Atlanta at the League of American Orchestras' 65th Annual Conference. The Birmingham-based orchestra joins the New York Philharmonic (Group 1) and Albany Symphony (Groups 3-4), among others, in receiving the first-place awards. Second and third place awards in the Group 2 division went to the Pacific Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.”

“During 2009-10, ASO commissioned new music from its first composer-in-residence, Paul Lansky, showcased the music of George Crumb and strengthened its cutting-edge Symphony 7 series. Plans for 2010-11 include premieres of commissioned works by Adolphus Hailstork and its next composer-in-residence, Avner Dorman.”

The Scene Blog of The Birmingham News announced the commission in December 2008:
Posted by Michael Huebner December 17, 2008 6:00 AM
New symphonic music by a prominent composer will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a joint project by three Birmingham cultural organizations.

“Adolphus Hailstork plans to visit Birmingham in January to discuss the musical and narrative possibilities for the music he will compose that will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Adolphus Hailstork, whose music has been performed by the Chicago and Baltimore Symphonies and New York Philharmonic, will compose music for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's 'Reflect and Rejoice' concert, a musical tribute to King sponsored each January by ASO, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Alys Stephens Center. The premiere will take place at the 2011 event. The three organizations are co-sponsoring the commission, which they hope will become an annual project.

"'We're hoping to get sponsors and donors excited about the concept so we have an annual source of funding to create a new work,' said Curt Long, ASO's executive director. 'There's a story to tell about what happened in Birmingham during the civil rights era, and symphonic music can do a very good job of telling it.'" [Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941) is profiled at, where the composer describes his career in his own words.]

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