Composers Now Announces 2014 Festival

The citywide, month-long 2014 Composers Now Festival kicks off February 1

Composer Tania León – founding and Artistic Director of Composers Now – is pleased to announce that the organization has become a project partner of the Fund for the City of New York for the citywide, multi-institution and month-long event.

The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ASCAP Foundation, the Cheswatyr Foundation and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

"Composers Now Festival will give New Yorkers across the five boroughs a significant opportunity to experience the rich and diverse contributions of composers to the cultural life of the city," Mary McCormick, President of the Fund for the City of New York, says. "We are happy to provide this innovative organization with the administrative resources and energy it needs to fully realize its mission."

Read the full press release here.

A Letter From the Artistic Director

Dear Music Lover,

I am delighted to welcome you to the fifth annual New York citywide Composers Now Festival taking place from February 1st to the 28th.

From concert halls to jazz mobiles, from opera stages to experimental performance spaces, from museums to conservatories, we invite you to join us in honoring and celebrating the composers behind some of today's most diverse and captivating music.

Composers will be in attendance at many performances, panel discussions and other events. The opportunity to interact with them is a unique feature of the Festival.

The performing forces include solo artists, chamber ensembles, orchestras, opera, dance and multimedia works.  There will be World and New York premieres, featuring emerging and established talents offering a plethora of sounds and styles.

One of the events to kick off the festival on February 1st is Symphony Space's "The Music of Now" marathon, a cornerstone event of the festival in previous years.

Concerts and scheduled events will continue for the rest of the month in venues throughout the five boroughs.

To all our collaborative partners and participants from prior years, welcome back. To those of you taking part for the first time in 2014, we are delighted to welcome you to Composers Now!

Tania León
Composer–Conductor
Artistic Director, Composers Now Festival

Contact Tania León at tleon@ComposersNow2014.org to discuss or schedule lectures, forums, symposiums or special projects.

 

I am honored to be a member of the administrative team of Composers Now.

The Composers Now Festival brings greater visibility to living composers and celebrates the vital role they play in our society and in our daily lives.

With events throughout New York City in February 2014, it provides a focus for exploring composers' voices, offering many exciting opportunities for listening.

We hope you enjoy the wonderful sounds that the Composers Now Festival has to offer.

Please join us.

Amy Roberts Frawley
Project Director, Composers Now Festival

Please Contact Amy Frawley at afrawley@ComposersNow2014.org or 917.847.3551 to become a Festival collaborative partner and register an event.

 

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