Category: Music Composition

2017 recipients: Inspiration, innovation and action for a better world

“We’re going to engage you in a discussion of a political, controversial issue,” said Paula McAvoy to the nearly 30 Central High School students assembled in the school library. The students had filtered slowly into the room that morning to participate in an exercise similar to those that McAvoy and her colleague, Diana Hess, observed […]

Play

The 2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series presents Play Andrew Norman Winner of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition April 6, 2017, 3 p.m. School of Music, Bird Recital Hall American composer Andrew Norman will discuss his award-winning orchestral work, Play, which explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates […]

2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series

  The Grawemeyer Awards program pays tribute to the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the impact a single idea can have on the world. The 2017 recipients will visit Louisville in April to discuss their award-winning ideas.   The schedule for the 2017 Grawemeyer Awards Lecture Series (view flyer), which is free and open to […]

Remembering Karel Husa, 1993 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition recipient

The University of Louisville and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition note with sadness the passing of composer Karel Husa on Dec. 14 at the age of 95.  Husa won the Grawemeyer in 1993 for his Cello Concerto, commissioned and premiered by noted cellist Lynn Harrel.  Mr. Husa had won many other major prizes and […]

Andrew Norman wins music award for “Play”

“Play,” a 47-minute orchestral work by American composer Andrew Norman, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. In three movements, “Play” explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates the ways musicians in an orchestra can play with, against, or apart from […]

UofL, Louisville Seminary to name 2017 Grawemeyer Award winners

The University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will announce the 2017 winners of five Grawemeyer Awards Nov. 28 – Dec. 2. UofL presents the annual prizes for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education and gives a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Recipients will be […]

2016 Grawemeyer Award winners

2016 recipients discuss their Grawemeyer Award-winning works

“It validates these ideas and says that they really matter,” said Susan R. Holman of winning the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. “It is an incredible honor. It is an immense responsibility—a sense of how can I pay back with my life for this recognition?” Holman and her fellow 2016 Grawemeyer Award recipients—Hans Abrahamsen, Gary […]

Grawemeyer Award winners to give public talks

Recipients of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award will discuss their winning works at the University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in April. UofL presents the annual prizes for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education and gives a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This year’s awards […]

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Abrahamsen wins music award for “let me tell you”

Hans Abrahamsen wins 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition let me tell you, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra, has earned Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen the 2016 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Abrahamsen’s half-hour work presents a first-person narrative by Ophelia, the tragic noblewoman from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The libretto by Paul Griffiths is adapted […]

2016 Grawemeyer Award winners to be announced

The University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will announce the 2016 winners of five Grawemeyer Awards Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. UofL presents the annual prizes for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education and gives a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Recipients will be […]