Julliard Dean Ara Guzelimian to be Honored at Benefit Concert in October

Music at the Anthology (MATA) will honor Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School, and Steven Schick, founding member of the Bang on a Can All Stars and Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony, at their annual benefit gala on Tuesday evening, October 18, 2011 at the Chelsea Art Museum. Special Guests include David Lang, Maya Beiser, Joan La Barbara, and The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).   A silent auction featuring art and music pieces will also take place, including items donated by Salvatore Sciarrino, Christian Marclay, Louis Andriessen, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Melodie Provenzano, Kanishka Raja, Tim Davis, Anna Schuleit and more.

This event will take place from 6:30-9:30 at the Chelsea Art Museum, located at 556 West 22nd Street in New York City. For tickets please e-mail info@matafestival.org or call 212.563.5124.

All proceeds support commissions and performances of new works by young composers during MATA’s 2012 Festival of New Music.

MATA is a non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world. Founded in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa, MATA presents new pieces by young composers on a 4-day festival, held each spring in New York City.  A 2010 recipient of the prestigious Aaron Copland Award from the ASCAP Foundation, MATA provides young composers with a professional performance of their work, access to first-rate performers and valuable connections to colleagues, nurturing their entry into American musical life.  To date, MATA has commissioned 64 works, and has presented over 263 performances of pieces by young composers.  As MATA Alumni composers evolve from early to mid-career, they have gone on to greater leadership within the field, being awarded the Rome Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Pulitzer Prize.


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