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24 September 2010

Kats-Chernin's Santa Cruz diary on NewMusicBox

Elena Kats-Chernin Image: Elena Kats-Chernin  

American Music Center's web magazine NewMusicBox has published an online diary by Elena Kats-Chernin, documenting her experiences during the annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, in August.

Kats-Chernin's work Heaven is closed was performed in the final concert of the festival, conducted by Marin Alsop. The composer had the opportunity to attend rehearsals, and wrote in her diary:

I think the piece is growing with each rehearsal. Marin has transformed it in a matter of two rehearsals and it just acquired a sparkling sound; it is so satisfying to listen to it. At the end Marin says to the orchestra, "If you have something interesting to play, bring it out!" (Later I see on Twitter that someone from the orchestra tweeted this quote.)

Kats-Chernin also recorded her impressions about other works rehearsed and performed in Santa Cruz, and her meetings with fellow composers.

The festival, directed by Alsop, took place during the first two weeks of August and included music by a wide range of American and international composers, from Philip Glass and John Adams to Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Further links

Elena Kats-Chernin's diary on NewMusicBox
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music festival website
'An Australian in Santa Cruz' - article on the IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres) website

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The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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