Joseph Horowitz


Joseph Horowitz, who curated the first half of tonight's program and initiated design elements for part two, is the author of eight books mainly dealing with the history of classical music in the United States. Both of his last two books - Classical Music in America: A History and Artists in Exile: How Refugees from 20th Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts - were named "best books of the year" by The Economist. As a concert producer, he was a nationally influential pioneer in thematic programming during his tenure as Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic in the 1990s. He has since 2002 served as Artistic Director of Washington's Post-Classical Ensemble, which he co-founded with Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez. This spring, the Ensemble presents multi-day Lou Harrison and Stravinsky festivals, hosted by George Washington University and the Music Center at Strathmore, respectively; both link with film events at the National Gallery. A recent $200,000 Mellon Foundation grant will support future Post-Classical Ensemble projects, including an Ives festival (with the pianist Jeremy Denk), a new production of Falla's El Amor brujo (with the flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández), a Shostakovich festival (with the Shostakovich scholar Solomon Volkov and a Shostakovich film retrospective), and a "Mexican Revolution" festival (including the Ensemble's third Naxos DVD). Horowitz has served as an artistic advisor and program curator for more than a dozen American orchestras. This season, he curates a two-week Tchaikovsky festival for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and for the Pacific Symphony (for which he has been Artistic Advisor for more than a decade) writes and produces a "Music Unwound" presentation on Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. Earlier this season, he co-produced a film, "Ted Sorensen Remembers JFK," for the National Symphony's celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy inauguration. For the New York Philharmonic, Horowitz has written and produced "Inside the Music" presentations on Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorak. As director of an NEH National Education Project, he wrote a young readers book on Dvorak and America, and commissioned a companion interactive DVD. These materials, the focus of an NEH Teacher-Training Institute hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony, are increasingly used to  infuse the arts and humanities into Social Studies curricula in middle and high schools throughout the US. He is the recipient of a commendation from the Czech Parliament for the many Dvorak festivals he has created. For Columbia University, he serves as Artistic Director of an annual NEA Music Critics Institute. His many scholarly publications include articles for the New York Review of Books, 19th Century Music, American Music, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, The Journal of the Society of American Music,  Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Oxford Companion to American History, and The Encyclopedia of New York State. His books in progress are Moral Fire: Portraits from America's Fin-de-Siècle and "On My Way": George Gershwin, Rouben Mamoulian, and "Porgy and Bess." The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEH Research Fellowships, he is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America. 

Updated: March 7, 2011

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