Saturday, May 24, 2008

ASCAP 9th Annual Concert Music Awards on May 22, 2008

Nenad N. Bach and Peter Schickele P.D.Q. Bach MC of the event.

Paul Moravec, Cia Toscanini and Nenad Bach

Paul Moravec won 2004 Pulitzer Prize for music. And yes he is of Croatian descent. Cia Toscanini is ASCAP's assistant Vice President of Concert Music. Soon an article will be posted on CROWN about Paul Moravec. The whole group of composers and people who help them achieve what they so strongly desire is vigorous and cheerful.

The youngest recipient of the composers awards. Six years old Emily Bear with her 100 year old grandfather Judge Max Reicher, who is still working as a judge. A beautiful and insightful conversation with both of them. These smiles speak volume.

John Corigliano receives Aaron Copland Award

In celebration of his 70th year, ASCAP presents the Aaron Copland Award to distinguished member, John Corigliano, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, the Academy Award for best film Score, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, mentor, teacher, friend and exemplary musical citizen.

Nenad Bach, John Corigliano and Fran Richard

John Corigliano is a Grammy and Oscar winner, a famous composer, worth your attention if you are not familiar with his work. I was amazed by his talent 15 years ago. He just celebrated his 70th birthday and looks like 50. Fran Richard, vice president and director of concert music for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Woman that is admired by all composers. And we are not easy people to deal with. Heart of Gold.

Michael Spudic, Pauline Stack and Nenad Bach

Michael is Concert Music Administrator for ASCAP. A long time friend and a Croatian Irish American with a vast knowledge of history and human behavior.

Andrea and Emily Bear, grandfather Max Reicher and Nenad

Lovely moment in time. Emily is 6, Max is 100. The rest of us in between.