FY 2004 Grant Awards:
Challenge America: Reaching Every Community
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Alexandria Museum of Art
To support Southern Journeys, an exhibition of works by African-American artists. The museum seeks to educate and engage Central Louisiana audiences, particularly students, by featuring 75 artists whose oeuvre reflects the South's influence from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century, as well as through related activities, such as local visual arts workshops conducted by exhibited artists and dissemination of a curriculum workbook to all area schools.
Altoona Symphony Orchestra
To support the opening classical concert of the 2004-05 season. An orchestral work by composer-in-residence Todd Goodman will premiere. The other works to be performed include Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, with guest violinist Ju-Young Baek.
Amarillo Art Center Association
To support the exhibition Latin American Graphics: The Evolution of Identity from the Mythical to the Personal. Drawn from the Museum of Latin American Art's collection, graphic works executed in a variety of media will illustrate the development of printmaking in the region from the mid-20th century to the present. The museum will promote the exhibition to Amarillo's Hispanic population and public school students, as well as the general public.
Area Community Theatre, Inc.
To support up to two plays and a special sesquicentennial choral concert. The theater will stage up to 15 performances each of John Brochu's Cooking with Gus and Ray Cooney's Caught in the Net. It will also contribute to the City of Tomah's sesquicentennial celebration by organizing and sponsoring a performance by the LaCrosse Chorale.
Arizona Opera Company
To support education, accessibility, and outreach activities complementing the 2004-05 performance season. Conducted in Phoenix and Tucson venues, these activities include student attendance at final dress rehearsals, interactive demonstrations of opera stagecraft, presentations introducing the composer's perspective, pre-curtain lectures, and assistive initiatives for individuals with vision or hearing impairments.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
To support special exhibitions of American art. The first exhibition will feature paintings by Indiana artists shown at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, and the second will include works by historically important U.S. artists from the Smithsonian's collections.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
To support the world premiere performance of Ming Gu Xian by Hwee-Eng Lee. Ms. Lee, the company's artistic director, has drawn upon Chinese folk (ming jian), classical (gu dian), and contemporary (xian dai) dance, literary, and other cultural sources in choreographing this three-part series of dances.
Ball State University
To support the Midwest Writers summer workshop. Drawing 125-150 participants nationwide, primarily from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan, this annual workshop serves aspiring and published writers interested in honing their craft and and becoming published.
To support choral artists' fees for restaging the program, As the Spirit Moves You, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday in 2005. Ballet Memphis will collaborate with the STAX Music Academy's StreetCorner Harmonies and the LeMoyne Owen College Gospel Choir for one of the three ballets, Grace by Trey McIntyre, which is performed to live gospel music.
Beverly Arts Center
To support artists' fees and film rental costs for the Children's First Arts series. The arts center anticipates about 2,000 children ages five to nine will participate in this introduction to theater, opera, music, and film, featuring the Child's Play Touring Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, singer-songwriter Ralph Covert, and high quality films for young audiences.
Bloomington Art Center
To support a series of exhibitions of works by artists living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The eight shows planned for the art center's two galleries will acquant local audiences with artworks in a variety of visual media created by an aesthetically diverse group of participants.
Bowling Green State University Main Campus
Bowling Green, OH
To support the 25th anniversary issue of Mid-American Review and the Winter Wheat festival. The literary festival features readings and workshops by guest writers. The magazine will feature work by writers who have appeared in its pages previously.
Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, Inc.
To support large-scale, thematic exhibitions of work in genres new to presentation by the Carnegie Center. The designs of non-traditional fiber artists, displays of food as an artistic medium, and a show of sculptures, to be held during the 2005 national sculpture conference in nearby Cincinnati, are expected to appeal to a broad audience, including young people.
Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Stevens Point, WI
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season and related educational activities. In evening and matinee performances, the CWSO will play the music of Wagner, Vaughn Williams, Khatchaturian, and Beethoven. Maestro Patrick Miles and a small ensemble of orchestra musicians will visit three local elementary schools to demonstrate the program's repertoire and offer vouchers for complimentary tickets to performances.
To support the 2005 lecture series and distinguished writer event of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing. Intended to inspire appreciation for the written word and the shaping of subjects into literature, these activities feature nationally and internationally recognized writers who read from their work, lecture on an aspect of writing, and discuss their work with professors, students, and the Southern California community at large.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Port Charlotte, FL
To support the opening concert of the Charlotte Symphony's 26th season. The orchestra will perform works by Joseph Suk, George Gershwin, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association
To support Sight and Sound: Pictures at an Exhibition. The Chattanooga Symphony is collaborating with the Hunter Museum of Art to underscore the creative connections between music and visual art, focusing especially on elementary through secondary school students. A post-concert symposium will offer audience members of all ages the opportunity to discuss the project with the musicians and visual artists.
Chinese Music Society
To support the 2004-05 season gala concert of the Chinese Classical Orchestra. The program will be divided between the works of two important 20th-century Chinese composers, Liu Wenjin and Peng Xiuwen. Dr. Sinyan Shen, the music director, will provide "informance" commentary about the artists and the repertoire.
City of Cerritos, California
To support concert performances by composer-musician Keali'i Reichel. Mr. Reichel, a native Hawaiian whose music-making combines Hawaii's traditions with contemporary styles, is respected and popular among the Asian and Pacific Islander residents whom the Cerritos Center seeks to include as audience members.
City of Norwalk, California
To support the Norwalk Youth Mariachi Program. This year-round program for young people ages seven to 18 provides formal, weekly, proficiency-based instruction in guitar, vihuela, guitarron, violin, trumpet, and voice, as well as ballet folklorico performance.
City of Vista, California
To support a production of George Bernard Shaw's Arms & the Man. The Moonlight's goals in staging this play are to attract more high school and collegiate audience members, extend its general audience reach beyond northern San Diego County, and inspire participation in audience discussion forums.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra
Colorado Springs, CO
To support the opening weekend concerts of the Classical Masterworks series. The orchestra will be joined by the Colorado Springs Chorale, the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, and vocal soloists for evening and matinee performances of Orff's Carmina Burana and Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite. Maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith chose the program to involve local and regional artists and arts organizations.
Columbia River Gorge Commission
White Salmon, WA
To support a design workshop and follow up activities for a new bridge across the Columbia River. The design workshop will help inform the community and local leaders about design solutions for a new bridge to link Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington.
Columbus Philharmonic Guild, Inc.
To support the first concert of the 2004-05 season. Pianist Gilles Vonsattel will join the Philharmonic for a program of Beethoven and Brahms, Two B or Not Two B. Maestro George Del Gobbo will give two pre-concert talks, one to students at the Columbus High School, who may attend the performance for free, and the other to the general public.
Corsicana's Palace Theatre
To support the presentation of two concerts. The Palace will host Ball in the House, a group of young men who sing rock, hip-hop, and R&B tunes acapella, and Corsicana native Bobby Sparks, the jazz-gospel keyboardist, music arranger, and producer, as part of its commitment to bring a variety of performing arts to community audiences of all ages.
Cultural Activities Center
To support the expansion of the ceramic art studio and program. The ceramics program will be expanded by upgrading essential tools, increasing workshops, and exhibiting more works. Up to four accomplished ceramicists from the region will be invited to oversee the instruction of adults and youth.
David Taylor Dance Theatre
To support the Rural Colorado Community Tour project. The company will visit twelve smaller rural Colorado towns in 2005, presenting performances and conducting master classes and workshops in each. Target audiences are families, children, and residents who have had little exposure to the performing arts.
Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
Fairless Hills, PA
To support the 50th anniversary season finale concert.
Denton Community Theatre, Inc.
To support production of On Golden Pond, Our Town and Of Mice and Men.
East Carolina University
To support writers' fees, production, and other costs associated with Tar River Poetry. The project's twin goals are to attract submissions of higher quality by establishing payments for poets and to increase the magazine's subscriptions and circulation.
Erie Philharmonic, Inc.
To support the initial concert of the 2004-05 season. A collaboration with the Erie Art Museum to draw in its audience, The Colors of Music concert will include compositions by Torke, Mussorgsky, Ravel, and Dvorak.
Fairleigh Dickinson University
To support up to three issues of The Literary Review showcasing the work of featured writers from the U.S. and abroad. The project is accompanied by concerted efforts to stimulate new reader interest and to enlarge the subscription and circulation base.
Federal Way Symphony Orchestra
Federal Way, WA
To support the classical holiday concert. The Federal Way Symphony will perform Bizet's Symphony in C major, Poulenc's Babar the Little Elephant, and the Mendelssohn violin concerto, as well as medleys of seasonal music.
Fine Arts Association Willoughby
To support the mainstage production of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle. This rarely seen musical satire, in which a corrupt mayor schemes to revive her city's moribund economy by promoting a phony miracle, will receive up to 11 performances before Cleveland-area audiences.
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
To support Part One activities of The Harvest, a two-part celebration of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribal arts. A series of exhibitions, vocal and instrumental music concerts, dramatic performances, and workshops will engage Native American artists and multicultural audiences. Awards will be accorded to master artists and a playwright will be honored with the Garrard Best Play Prize.
Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
Sugar Land, TX
To support the fall concert with violinist Eugene Fong and the Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners. The Fort Bend Symphony seeks to enhance its artistry by augmenting the regular complement of musicians for both concerts and to attract larger and more diverse audiences from the immediate community and the Houston metropolitan area.
Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc.
To support a series of audience-building public performances. The GCAF will present free concerts by local musicians, chamber music by the Etowah Youth Orchestra Honor Strings, and a ballet performance with master classes, as well as sponsor a fiddlers' competition during Gadsden's annual G.R.I.T.S. Festival.
Gainesville Symphony Orchestra
To support the fall and spring classical concerts. In the fall, Vivid Soundscapes will include the Southeastern premiere of An Idea is a Piece of Cloth by African-American composer Alvin Singleton, who will be in attendance. In the spring, the German Masterworks program will feature Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.
Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, Inc.
To support the Preview! series of audience education activities for the 2004-05 season of sponsored performances and exhibitions. Ranging from hands-on workshops to lectures to film screenings, these occasions help to stimulate interest, raise attendance, and enhance appreciation among regulars and newcomers for the area's main cultural events.
Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
To support Sounds French, a concert in the Masterworks performance series. The concert program will feature music director and conductor Peter Rubardt and guest artists, pianist Valentina Lisitsa and organist Kenneth Karadin, performing works by Saint-Saens, Debussy, and Ravel.
Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Green Bay, WI
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. The orchestra will probe music and revolution through 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.3, Eroica by Beethoven, and Violin Concerto No.1 by Prokofiev, with guest violinist Vadim Gluzman.
Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc.
To support up to two Masterworks Series concerts with outreach activities, a Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series concert, and a CD recording of the concerts. Guest violinist Elmar Oliveira will play a chamber recital at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Dr. David Nelson, Associate Dean of UNCG's School of Music, will lecture on the concert's program, which features music by Rossini, Lalo, and Brahms.
To support two concerts in conjunction with an audience development project. On the cusp of its tenth year, the Gwinnett Philharmonic will undertake a campaign to win new audiences from among the growing community, including special promotion of its season open concert and the presentation of the Vega Quartet.
Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, Inc.
Rabun Gap, GA
To support artists' workshops and a lecture series. The Hambidge Center will provide artist-taught workshops in slab building clay construction, oil painting of still-life and human subjects, and drawing techniques. In addition there will be lectures about botanical art genres and the music and stories of Appalachia, the community's home region.
Henderson District Public Libraries
To support the 2004 Vegas Valley Book Festival. The festival brings together readers of all ages with guest writers from the genres of fiction, poetry, screenplay, journalism, and cartoon, for readings, discussions, and workshops organized on themes of interest to southern Nevada residents.
Hernando County Fine Arts Council
To support the 21st annual County Art, Craft, & Music Festival. A juried show of the works of visual artists from Florida and adjacent states, as well as live music, will be highlights of this event.
Hickory Museum of Art, Inc.
To support Aftermath: Images from Ground Zero, an exhibition of photographs by Joel Meyerowitz.
Hilton Head Orchestra, Inc.
Hilton Head, SC
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. The orchestra will be joined by mezzo soprano Jennifer Luiken.
Huntsville Museum of Art
To support a catalogue for a touring exhibition of silver animal figures by Gianmaria Buccellati. The catalogue will document the design and fabrication process, as well as the individual objects, for the collection of animals made by this master Italian silversmith.
Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support guest artists and professional string players who will augment the orchestra for the initial concerts of the 2004-05 season. The inclusion of these musicians will help elevate the ISO's artistry, foster greater audience appreciation, and provide the opportunity for master classes with local students.
Indianapolis Dance Company, Inc.
To support the creation of new backdrops and sets for the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's production of Dracula. The new scenic design will better suit the larger venues where the GHDT performs this popular staple of its repertoire.
Inland Empire Symphony Association
San Bernardino, CA
To support a concert especially for children and their families. The matinee program will feature orchestral music from movies enjoyed by young people, with the goal of interesting and educating students and building adult audiences of the future.
Jackson Symphony Association
To support a classical concert featuring pianist Angela Cheng. Corigliano's Promenade Overture, De Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and Respighi's Pines of Rome will be performed by the Jackson Symphony in a No Hassle Classical concert, designed to boost attendance through measures such as informal dress for musicians and audience.
Jacksonville Symphony Association
To support the opening concert of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Plugged In series. Mofro, the Florida-based swamp rock band, will join the JSO for an evening of funky back porch soul and classical orchestration, inaugurating the new four-concert sequence designed to attract new, younger, and more diverse audiences to the orchestral hall.
Jefferson Symphony Association
To support the first concert of the 2004-05 season, and related programming. Selections include Svoboda's Overture of the Season, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and, to a video projection of Vivaldi's four companion sonnets, his concerto, The Four Seasons.
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra
To support the first concert of the 2004-05 season. The JSO will broaden its promotional efforts, through print and broadcast media, to achieve increased attendance from Johnstown and surrounding counties, targeting new audiences and new residents of all ages and backgrounds.
Kirkland Art Center
To support three programs as part of the Opening Doors series. The KAC will expand its audience outreach and promotional activity to draw viewers for Ruffle: Decadent Vexation, a group exhibit exploring the ornamental form; Mixed-Product, printmaker Tim Dooley's evolving installation project of 2-D and 3-D mixed-media prints; and pARTners, examining mutual influence and co-creation in the work of eight artist couples from the national, regional, and local scenes.
Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. In his final season with the orchestra, Maestro Andrews Sill will conduct the Symphony No. 1 by Brahms, as well as Old Brass Concerto, composed by violinist Mark O'Connor, who will perform with the LSO.
Lutcher Theater, Inc.
To support teacher and student tickets subsidies for performances of Fiddler on the Roof. The Lutcher Theater will underwrite a total of 500 tickets for distribution to local high schools, as part of a program employing the art of musical theater to help educate students about life circumscribed by prejudice.
Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Inc.
To support an exhibition of motorcycle-themed artwork. The American motorcycle is both subject and object in this exhibition of painting, photography, and unique, handcrafted bikes displayed as sculpture. Live demonstrations by visual artists and metal crafters will engage attendees on Family Day.
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum
San Antonio, TX
To support the exhibition High Drama: Eugene Berman & the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime. The McNay Museum, repository of a major collection of Berman's work, will highlight the Russian-American's contribution to the Neo-Romantic movement, examining its significance in the context of his contemporaries and today's artists working in the Romantic philosophical and aesthetic tradition.
Masterworks Chorale, Inc.
To support the annual Cathedral Voices concert. A. Dennis Sparger will lead the chorale in a capella works by various composers and the Mass for Choir and Two Organs.
Meridian Symphony Association, Inc.
To support the initial concert of the 2004-05 season. In commemoration of September 11, 2001, the program, entitled America the Beautiful, will include Ulysses Kay's Presidential Suite and a performance by guest pianist Logan Skelton.
Mesa Symphony Orchestra Association
To support the marketing and production costs for the two opening concerts of the 2004-05 season. The Mesa Symphony will undertake special measures to promote community awareness of the dual-venue performances of A Dark and Stormy Night, a program designed for families, featuring Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, Glazunov's saxophone concerto, and music composed for Hitchcock's Psycho.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra
To support artists' fees for sectional rehearsals, professional fees for music theory and master classes, and the acquistion of music for the library. Instrumental coaching will be provided for the first time to the small string orchestra of elementary and middle school students, as well as to the symphony orchestra. Theory and master instruction will improve the musicians' conceptual and technical knowledge and the available repertoire will be expanded.
Miami Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the Hispanic Heritage Festival opening concert performances. By featuring world-renowned guitarist Angel Romero, who will play selections from the classical repertory of his native Spain, the project aims to attract larger, more ethnically diverse audiences for symphonic music from among the Miami-Dade Hispanic populace.
Michelson Museum of Art
To support A Day of Art at the Michelson Museum of Art for fifth grade students in the Marshall Independent School District. The day-long museum visit is organized into four stations--visual arts (painting), language arts (literature and drama), music (folk songs), and dance (square dancing)--and is correlated with the fifth-grade American history curriculum.
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
To support the production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Directed by John Neville-Andrews, performances of the play are expected to draw diverse audiences of at least 2,000 people, including students, from the southern Michigan region.
Mint Museum of Art, Inc.
To support Crosscurrents: Art, Craft and Design in North Carolina, an exhibition and accompanying catalogue produced in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Arts.
Delray Beach, FL
To support the exhibition FLorigami: Folded Images of Florida's Hidden Nature by Michael LaFosse. The Morikami has commissioned the artist, who also is a biologist, to design 25 origami sculptures depicting flora and fauna of the Everglades that once extended to land now occupied by the museum.
Museum of Nebraska Art
To support ARTreach, a program touring works from the State's official visual arts collection to locations throughout Nebraska. Prospective sites, identified by survey, will be offered their choice of different exhibitions.
Museum of the Southwest
To support the exhibition series, The Shape of Content. Solo shows by contemporary artists will explore the connection between an artist's ideas and the medium chosen to express them.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
To support an exhibition of original illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky. The project includes guided tours for children from Abilene area elementary schools; an educator's guide, art supplies, and a Zelinsky book for each participating classroom; and free Saturday art instruction for children based on his artistic principles and techniques.
Northfield Arts Guild
To support an audience development program. As a community-based, nonpaying membership organization, the Guild will implement a multi-faceted plan, including formal research, review of services, upgraded Web technology, and conventional communications, to encourage the growing base of participants in its dance, music, theater, literary, and visual arts activities to become members committed to maintaining the arts as integral to local life.
Oakland Community College
Farmington Hills, MI
To support the publication of a special issue of Witness. An anthology of the best fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, and artwork to appear in the literary journal Witness during the years 1987-2003 will be produced for that national readership drawn to the idea of the writer as witness to the times.
Orange Show Foundation
To support creation of a film about The Orange Show. To inform a wider public of the monumental folk art environment it preserves in the east end of Houston, the Orange Show Center plans to document the story of its late maker, postman Jefferson Davis McKissack, who labored alone for 25 years on this unique architectural tribute to his favorite fruit.
Orchestra 2001, Inc.
To support the 2004 Piano Summit concert. Classically trained jazz pianist-composer Uri Caine and Temple University music professor and composer Charles Abramovic will perform original works, and pianist Marcantonio Barone, co-director of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, will present the area premiere of local composer David Finko's 1987 Piano Concerto.
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the first concert of the 2004-05 season. Maestro Nicholas Palmer will give a lecture-demonstration before the concert, which will open with A Festive Violet Pulse by contemporary composer Nancy Galbraith. Guest pianist Peter Vinograde will join the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.1, and the program will close with Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.
Ozark Festival Orchestra
To support the Fall Festival concert and the Salute to Veterans concert as well as the purchase of a tympani. Located in rural southwestern Missouri, the OFO performs both classical repertoire and orchestral arrangements of popular music genres. One of the project's concerts will be a symphonic salute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support the 2005 Ozark Foothills Film Festival. The festival presents a wide variety of independent and commercial films to underserved audiences in north central Arkansas. Programming will include a Southern filmmakers showcase that features the best from the Indie Memphis and Magnolia film festivals, new films from Appalshop Studios, and a multi-media piece, Miniature Graceland by Arkansan storytellers Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore.
To support the artist residency component of The Chocolate Nutcracter community dance project. Drawing on African-American dance and percussive music traditions, professional choreographers will work with local artists and underserved youth to reinterpret the classical The Nutcracker ballet for multicultural audiences in the Tampa Bay area.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the opening classical subscription concert featuring guest artist, Jeffrey Chappell. The Paducah Symphony is beginning a three-year audience and artistic development project this season, including new programming, to attract the participation of a broader public.
Palm Beach Opera, Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL
To support matinee performances of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in the Family Opera Series. The opera will introduce a mini-series of family-oriented Saturday matinees with special educational activities to encourage opera attendance by young people and members of underserved communities.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Inc.
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. Maestro Jorge Mester, the new music director of the Naples Symphony, will be introduced formally to the community at this event, which will feature the mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.
Philharmonic Society of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support up to two concerts during the 2004-05 season. The first concert will feature guest artist David Halen.
Phoenix Boys Choir Association
To support the Neighborhood After School Choir Training program for boys. This program will educate at least 20 pupils in music theory, voice, and repertoire in twice-weekly sessions, preparing them for public performances.
Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Pine Bluff, AR
To support the performance of Poulenc's Gloria and other French orchestral works. The University of Arkansas choirs at the Pine Bluff and Monticello campuses will combine with the symphony to perform this substantial work as an effort to strengthen the bonds among these musical institutions and to draw more racially diverse audiences from Southeast Arkansas communities.
PIX Arts Council for Greater Lapeer, Inc.
To support the 2004-05 Premiere Series performances, including audience talk-backs and related marketing. The talk-backs will be added to the Marcus Belgrave Octet's show, The Louis Armstrong Tradition, and the Neo-Futurists' experimental play, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
Plano Symphony Orchestra
To support a concert of George Gershwin's orchestral works. The symphony will perform Cuban Overture, Rhapsody in Blue, and Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, all with guest pianist Elena Baksht, as well as the Porgy and Bess - Symphonic Suite.
Plymouth Symphony Society
To support the Music Mediterranean and the Go Blue and Brahms concerts, including educational activities. Music of the Mediterranean will mark the Michigan premiere of Eleni: A Greek Tragedy, with composer Katherine Hoover attending. Go Blue and Brahms showcases the talents of composer Erik Santos and flutist Amy Porter, both on the University of Michigan School of Music faculty.
Prairie Center Arts Foundation
To support the Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra's Presto! program. Concerts for the general public and for young audiences will be performed at the Center's theater. Special efforts to reach Latino students will be made through the public schools.
Queens Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support musicians' fees for Scary Symphonic Sounds--A Halloween Family Concert. The concert offers the opportunity for community residents, particularly children, to learn about the orchestra and the Western classical music tradition.
Racine Art Museum Association, Inc.
To support an exhibition of Art Nouveau decorative objects from the Albert Paley collection, and an accompanying catalogue. The second in a series devoted to the artist's experience of works by other artists, this exhibition will display pieces from Austria, England, Germany, Italy, and Norway that have inspired Mr. Paley's sculptural, architectural, and decorative works in various metals.
Redlands Symphony Association
To support additional rehearsal time for the 2004-05 season of concerts. The additional time to rehearse will enable the symphony to achieve its highest level of artistry and to present more artistically challenging music for its audiences, which include all fourth- and fifth-grade students in the local school district.
Richmond Philharmonic, Inc.
To support the inaugural concerts to introduce the Philharmonic's new music director, Maestra Erin Freeman. The maestra will conduct the first of two inaugural concerts during the fall conference of the Virginia Music Teachers' Association, showcasing two winners of the state-wide piano concerto competition. The second will include local pianist Charles Staples in a performance of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto.
Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a youth concert and a subscription series concert, including a commission. For both a student and general audience, the orchestra will perform a program of 20th-century music including Double Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra, a rarely heard work by Benjamin Britten; Symphony No. 2, the London by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Overture for Orchestra, a composition by Music Director and Conductor Gary S. Fagin.
Rochester Orchestra & Chorale
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. To celebrate Rochester's sesquicentennial, the program features local composer Kevin Dobbe's Fanfare for Orchestra, accompanied by a video of town history, Aaron Copland's score for Our Town, as well as his Appalachian Spring and Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.
Sacramento Master Singers
To support the Festival of American Choral Music. Choral composer Alice Parker will guest conduct the Sacramento Master Singers in a program of her settings of American folksongs, hymns, and spirituals. Singers from area high schools and colleges will join the chorus for the second half of the concert.
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
San Angelo, TX
To support a retrospective exhibition of the work of artist James Gill. The museum will organize and present the art by this San Angelo native, whose iconic imagery emerged in the 1960s, influenced other artists, and contributed to American popular culture.
Sedalia Symphony Society
To support the opening concerts of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. The Sedalia Symphony seeks to draw a more ethnically diverse audience, as well as attendees of all ages, through its music programming. Guest artists for the fall 2004 performance will be Black Cat Jazz: The Sounds of Ellington, featuring six current and past members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Sorg Opera Company, Inc.
To support production costs for two performances of The Mikado. Members of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will join the local cast and orchestra. The production will be directed by Nelson Sheeley and conducted by Curtis Tucker, respectively the stage director and the general director of the Sorg Opera.
South Florida Youth Symphony, Inc.
To support the Family Day Concerts. The South Florida Youth Symphony will perform two afternoon concerts programmed to appeal to Dade and Broward county families with young children.
Southeastern Louisiana University
To support the publication of Louisiana Literature and related literary activities. Among the additional activities are contests in both poetry and fiction, publication of a poetry chapbook by a nationally known author, and a project to increase readership.
Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the Arts Education Ticket Challenge program. The SSO will provide 50 vouchers redeemable for free tickets to each of the local district's 20 schools as part of an initiative to encourage students, parents, and families to develop and participate in projects to improve arts education.
Stockton Symphony Association, Inc.
To support the visual media augmentation of performances of Gustav Holst's The Planets. Developed in collaboration with the University of the Pacific's Department of Art, a synchronized display of images representing astrological, cosmological, and scientific interpretations of planetary influence on human life will be projected during the symphony's playing of this orchestral suite.
To support the publication of SQ40, an anthology of contemporary American and international short stories. Now an annual, the magazine offers a stylistic and formal variety of stories told by fresh voices.
Sun Cities Symphony Orchestra Association
Sun City, AZ
To support two concerts in the Reaching New Audiences project. The West Valley Symphony will hold two concerts during the 2004-05 season in Goodyear, the new home to its performance venue beginning in 2005. The move will be promoted actively to prospective audiences through electronic and print media.
Symphony of Southeast Texas
To support a concert featuring Nebojsa Zivkovic's Tales from the Center of the Earth in addition to a masterclass by guest artist Benjamin Toth.
Town of Purcellville
To support a public charette addressing historic preservation and restoration issues related to downtown revitalization. As Purcellville updates its comprehensive plan for community growth, this charette will enable local officials and constituents to discuss and begin to build consensus on design solutions to meet their shared goals.
Tyler Museum of Art
To support the exhibition Quiet Beauty: Fifty Centuries of Japanese Folk Ceramics. The 100 works displayed present a comprehensive survey of technical and artistic developments in the folk art pottery of Japan.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
To support Musical Words, an exploration of literary-musical collaborations. Beginning in fall 2004 with readings, performances, and discussions, which continue through 2005, the project will culminate in a spring 2006 festival. Among the artists expected to participate are Crystal Williams, Ernest Gaines, Sharon Arms Doucet, Skip Fox, Al Young, Mary Cappello, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Glen Moore, Ken Waldman, Bobby Previte, Madison Smartt Bell, and Kalamu ya Salaam, as well as local cajun/zydeco musicians.
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
To support the publication and distribution of The North American Review. The oldest literary journal in the U.S., the NAR publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays and has received numerous awards in every genre, as well as for art design.
University of the South
To support a music ensemble for the 2005 Sewanee Summer Music Festival. The ensemble, that will be chosen through a competitive process, will perform publicly as well as teach student instrumentalists selected to attend the festival's education program.
Vero Beach Museum of Art
Vero Beach, FL
To support the exhibition An Impressionist Eye: Painting and Sculpture from the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation. The VBMA will host this nationally touring exhibition of painting and sculpture by notable representatives of French Impressionism, including Bonnard, Degas, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir, and Vuillard, in conjunction with its twentieth-anniversary celebration and special public programs.
To support the inaugural concerts of the 2004-05 season. In successive evening and matinee events honoring its 85th anniversary, the symphony will perform the music of John Adams and Hector Berlioz, with guest soloist Hilary Hahn featured in Niccolo Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1.
Visalian Friends of the Fox Theatre
To support the design and construction of a multi-use set for the Fox Theater. Linking the theater's 75-year history with its restored ambiance, this special set will be used for occasions such as a live-feed broadcast Academy Awards event and concert performances by Peter, Paul and Mary, David Benoit, and the Tulare County Symphony.
Waco Creative Art Center
To support a Day of the Dead celebration at Art Center Waco. To engage audiences of Mexican heritage, the ACW will commission an artist to create an ofrenda (altar) in its courtyard, for which community members will be invited to make traditional decorations, such as marigold wreaths, papel picados (designs cut in tissue paper), and calaveras (skeletons), as well as to bring commemorative offerings and celebrate with customary foods and music.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
To support the development and implementation of a visual arts education program, Exploring the Significance of African Art. The eighth-graders of Washington County will be introduced to African art through activities conducted at the museum, beginning with a film, African Art & Culture, followed by hands-on examination of Ashanti, Bambara, Luba, and Yoruba objects, which student groups will be challenged to analyze and identify, and concluding with a curator-guided general discussion of each item in its cultural context.
Waukesha Symphony Orchestra
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. Entitled Gems of the East, the all-Russian program will feature Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor, with guest violinist Frank Almond, as well as Liadov's The Enchanted Lake and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor. Advertising will be directed to prospective audience members in the surrounding four-county area in addition to Waukesha.
To support concerts featuring concertos by contemporary American composers, including outreach activities. The first concert's focus will be the East Coast premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Robert Aldridge, and the second will showcase the world premiere of Robert Cohen's Edison Invents, a concerto for baritone and orchestra commissioned by the Westfield Symphony.
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
To support the opening concert of the 2004-05 season. Maestro Kypros Markou will lead the Westmoreland Symphony in Euphony for Orchestra by American composer Robert Ward. Also on the program are Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, with a guest performance by violist Mary Persin of Greensburg, and Brahms' Fourth Symphony.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Inc.
To support the first concert of the season. Soprano Jane Chandler-Eterne will join the WSO for Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. The symphony also will perform Franck's Symphony in D minor and the Berlioz overture, Le Corsaire.
William King Regional Arts Center
To support two exhibitions demonstrating the decorative uses of tin in nineteenth-century folk art. The simultaneous display of retablos from the Mexican tradition, religious images painted on tin panels for private devotion, and pierced-tin ornamented furniture, made in the Virginia-Tennessee border area, enables viewers to compare the culturally distinct domestic adaptations of a newly inexpensive, mass-produced material.
Williamsport Symphony Orchestra
To support two opening concerts and educational activities. The symphony will perform the season-opening program of Beethoven, Brahms, and Dvorak in Williamsport, and again in Wellsboro, with Williamsport native Jeff Thayer rejoining his former orchestra colleagues as soloist for Brahms' Violin Concerto. Special pre-concert education actitivities will target Williamsport's middle school students.
Woodlands Center for the Performing Arts
The Woodlands, TX
To support the 2004 Children's Festival. Intended to educate and entertain elementary school-age children from all socio-economic backgrounds, this event will feature music, puppetry, drama, dance, and storytelling performances, and will incorporate audience participation.
Worcester Art Museum
To support the exhibition Japanese Masters of Mezzotint. This overview of works by Yozo Hamaguchi and Katsunori Hamanishi, twentieth-century artists who advanced the difficult 300-year-old European form of printmaking, provides an opportunity for the museum to educate general audiences, artists, art students, and collectors.
World Arts West
San Francisco, CA
To support fees for artists participating in the 2004 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Nine dance companies, representing African, Chinese, Hispanic, and Tahitian traditions, will perform for an expected audience of 3,000 during the festival weekend.
Youth Orchestra Foundation of Buffalo, Inc.
To support an operatic concert by the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. The GBYO, whose teen-aged members are chosen for their musical talent, will accompany professional vocalists and a chorus in a program of opera selections, including one act from La Traviata, at Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore, New York.
total grants: 128
total dollars: $1,280,000
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