From The New Canon at Q2: “Prizing the Pulitzer”
This week on The New Canon, we chat with Caramoor’s Michael Barrett plus Music of Copland House’s Derek Bermel and Michael Boriskin.
The Pulitzer Prize carries as much prestige as it does controversy, from journalism to drama to literature. The award for music has also earned its share of outcry, particularly when the non-classical compositions of Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman took home the honor in 1997 and 2007, respectively. At this year’s Caramoor Festival, the Music from Copland House ensemble explores this further playing works by Pulitzer laureates and nominees, with the festival’s chief executive and general director Michael Barrett also performing.
With one performance down on Friday, Aug. 22 and one to go on Sunday, Aug. 31, we catch Barrett along with Music from Copland members Derek Bermel and Michael Boriskin to pose the question: What makes a work of music great? And are awards like the Pulitzer a barometer of that greatness? In addition to hearing a work written by Bermel that harkens in no small part to Copland, we’ll hear the most recent Pulitzer winning work to be recorded (Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto) and also hear the Music from Copland House play a work by Pulitzer nominee John Musto.”
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