updated: 1/22/2007 3:40:14 PM

Indianapolis Symphony Receives Award to Commission Work

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) has been chosen as one of five recipients nationwide to receive the 2007 Joyce Award, which allows cultural institutions to commission works from artists of color. The ISO will receive a $50,000 grant to commission a new orchestral work from composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Last year, the Indiana Repertory Theatre received the grant to commission a new play by playwright Charles Smith.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Joyce Foundation in Chicago announced that the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was chosen as one of five recipients of the 2007 Joyce Awards, which support Midwest cultural institutions to commission works by artists of color. The $50,000 grant will support the ISO’s commission of a new orchestral work by award-winning Peruvian/Jewish/Chinese composer Gabriela Lena Frank that will draw inspiration from immigrant Latino people in the central Indiana region, which will be gathered by the Orchestra in partnership with the International Center of Indianapolis. The piece will be premiered during the Orchestra’s 2008-2009 season and will be performed as part of the ISO’s Hispanic Festival that season.

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is recognized as a prominent and accomplished classical artist who is known for her ability to fuse Latin American mythology, archeology, art, poetry and folk music into western classical forms. She has earned awards and honors from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others, and her cello quartet titled Los Sombras de los Apus was recently selected by Chamber Music America as one of its “Top One Hundred and One Great American Ensemble Works.”

Commenting on the award, ISO President and CEO Simon Crookall said, “We are honored to receive this Joyce Award, and we are proud that it recognizes our renewed commitment to incorporating more diversity in programming, staffing, and community outreach to include and engage a broader spectrum of ethnic communities in our city. The commissioning of this new work by Gabriela Lena Frank is yet another step in our mission to serve the ever-increasing diversity of cultures within our community and we are grateful to the Joyce Foundation for their recognition and support of this worthy project.”

The Joyce Awards have been presented since 2004, and are granted directly to the organizations selected in the areas of dance, music, theater and visual arts. Other recipients joining the ISO as award winners this year are The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, The Joffrey Ballet and Wayne State University in Detroit. The announcement also marks the second consecutive year that an Indianapolis arts organization has earned a Joyce Award. Last year, the Indiana Repertory Theatre received the grant to commission a new play by playwright Charles Smith.

Based in Chicago with assets of nearly $900 million, the Joyce Foundation makes grants of nearly $50 million each year to support efforts to strengthen public policies in ways that improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region. Cultural funding supports projects that bring diverse audiences together to share common cultural experiences and encourage more people to see the arts as integral parts of their lives. The Foundation also makes grants in the areas of education, employment, environment, gun violence prevention, and money and politics.

Source: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

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