24-Hour Project 440

A 24-Hour Marathon of Music from the 30 Remaining Project 440 Composers

Saturday, August 21, 2010

On Wednesday, September 8, Q2 offers 24 continuous hours to immerse yourself in the distinct sound worlds of the 30 remaining Project 440 composers, on the eve of the announcement naming the 12 composers who will advance to the next round. Many of the recordings featured during 24-Hour Project 440 come from live concerts with exclusively granted permissions from the performers, so it's an opportunity to hear broadcast premieres from the composers shaping the canon of tomorrow. 

Project 440 is an innovative collaboration between Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and WQXR, relying on a crowd-sourcing dialogue among music enthusiasts and a panel of industry experts to determine which four composers will be awarded Orpheus 2011-2012 season commissions. Of the 60 composers originally selected to compete, 30 now remain, with the 12 finalists to be announced live on WQXR on September 9.

Engage in an ongoing dialogue about each composer; read artist profiles with musical excerpts chosen and explanations written by the composers themselves; see video interviews about Project 440 from Orpheus members; and listen to Q2 on Wednesday, September 8 for 24-Hour Project 440.

This is your chance to discover, debate and appreciate the talents of an emerging crop of American composers. Let us know your thoughts throughout the day. If you find composers you like, hear more of their work and share your thoughts to move them onto the next round!


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Comments [2]

David Ward-Steinman from Bloomington, IN

I'll be listening!

Sep. 04 2010 02:35 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Celebrate the achievements of the LIVING composers, dramatists, novelists, and fine art and sculpture artists while they still have the ability to pursue their artform. I know, as a composer, that much TIME is spent in promoting one's work.
I personally am able to perform my works, but most are reliant on others as well, and need foundation support. But, mostly, the schools MUST provide the background for appreciation of masterworks and encourage youngsters to participate in all, the creative and performance aspects of the arts, and attend FREE as youngsters, concerts and museums.

Sep. 01 2010 06:13 PM

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