For Immediate Release
May 15th, 2008
Gina Genova/American Composers Alliance
Phone: (212) 362-8900
PDF version of this press release link here.
American Composers Alliance
The 2008 Laurel Leaf Award to
Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30PM at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, as the highlight of the ACA Festival of American Music 2008
American Composers Alliance is delighted to announce that conductor, Harold Rosenbaum, will be this year's recipient of the prestigious Laurel Leaf Award, to be awarded during the upcoming ACA Festival of American Music. The Laurel Leaf Award has been presented annually since 1951 to individuals and organizations in recognition of distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging the performance of new American works. Among the recipients of the Laurel Leaf have been the Juilliard String Quartet, Leonard Slatkin, Gunther Schuller, Leopold Stokowski, George Szell, Minnesota Composers Forum, the American Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and, last year, cellist Fred Sherry (the complete list is available on the ACA website.
Mr. Rosenbaum has distinguished himself as a major champion of contemporary music through both his commissioning and performance of the works of many American composers, both celebrated and emerging, particularly with his professional choral ensemble, The New York Virtuoso Singers, which he founded, now in its 20th performing season. A tireless proponent and advocate for contemporary composers and American composers in particular, he has created an annual choral composition competition, has commissioned twenty works, has conducted over 200 world premieres (including works by Ravel, Schnittke, Henze, Berio, Perle, and Harbison), and has recorded contemporary choral music for SONY Classical, Albany, CRI, Bridge, Koch International, Capstone, and DRG. He is also a three-time recipient of the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music, and a recipient of Chorus America's American Choral Works Performance Award.
"In that domain of the performance of contemporary music which has been most neglected and least supported in this country, there is no choral group which has been more able and willing to perform responsibly the most demanding and knowing of contemporary works than The New York Virtuoso Singers, under the guidance of a sophisticated and understanding conductor. Not only do they deserve and require support, but the fate of contemporary choral music is largely contingent on such support." -Milton Babbitt
Maestro Rosenbaum has made a true difference in American musical life by giving American music respect and a significant place in his repertoire. American Composers Alliance, an association of American composers founded by Aaron Copland in 1937, is pleased honor him for his longstanding achievements on behalf of American composers.
For all inquiries, contact:
Gina Genova, General Manager
American Composers Alliance
648 Broadway, Rm 803
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-0458 Tel
(212) 925-6798 Fax