ACO Receives Rappaport Prize for Music Composition and $100,000 Grant to Secure New Works and Recording
Atlantic Classical Orchestra's (ACO's) Executive Director Anne Berquist today announced the largest grant received by the Orchestra to date for commissioning new works: The Rappaport Prize for Music Composition, a $100,000 grant from the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation which secures the ACO's The Commission Project over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
"Atlantic Classical Orchestra is deeply honored to receive The Rappaport Prize for Music Composition grant from The Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation," stated Ms. Berquist. "This important grant allows us to continue our mission; that of interpreting classics and introducing new quality works by American composers into the chamber orchestra/ orchestra cannon, thereby perpetuating not only the incredible works of the past, but the vibrant works of today and tomorrow. Maestro Stewart Robertson has been instrumental in raising the profile of the ACO, and his work has been paramount in enabling us to receive this award. We extend our warmest thanks to the Rappaport Foundation, and look forward to introducing the first two Rappaport Prize for Music Compositions this 2014 season."
Maestro Robertson added, "We are so excited with the possibilities that this grant allows! It is a very special honor, and will help ensure that our 24th and 25th seasons offer our audiences the memorable seasons they have come to expect from us."
ACO's latest music venture, The Commission Project, inaugurated in 2013 and championing contemporary American composers, will feature two new commissions, each known as The Rappaport Prize for Music Composition, by two of today's most promising young American composers each season, for a total of four works for classical orchestra over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. During The Commission Project's first season, Atlantic Classical Orchestra gave the world premiere of Sinfonietta by American composer and Fulbright scholar David Conte, whose work has been featured on PBS television and the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. In 2014, the Orchestra will give the world premiere of two new chamber works commissioned at $15,000 each: a new work for chamber orchestra by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter (January 9, and 10, 2014) and the world premiere of a new work for solo clarinet and chamber orchestra byrising star Jeffrey Parola (March 6 and 8, 2014). Commissions for the 2015 season and 25th anniversary of ACO will include a $25,000 violin concerto and a $15,000 orchestral work, to be announced with the 2015 season release. The remainder of the grant will go to the making a professional recording of the commissioned Prize pieces, plus other works.
ABOUT THE PHYLLIS AND JEROME LYLE RAPPAPORT FOUNDATION
The mission of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation is to promote emerging and promising leaders in public policy, science and the arts. Consistent with that mission, the principal goal of The Rappaport Prize for Music Composition is to promote and recognize some of America's emerging and most promising composers.
ABOUT ATLANTIC CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA
Now entering its 24th season, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (ACO) has developed a reputation as a world-class performing arts organization dedicated to presenting performances of both orchestral and chamber music in the rapidly growing urban communities on Florida's eastern seaboard north of Miami. While its core repertory is based in the late 18th and early 19th century, the orchestra has developed an active commitment to the rediscovery of much unjustly neglected music from the Romantic era, written for an orchestra of classical proportions alongside championing the best and most accessible of contemporary music with a special emphasis on the younger generation of American composers.