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[A version of this essay first appeared in NewMusicBox.com when Kennedy served as President of the American Music Center.]

In my formative years, I became deeply concerned about and involved in environmental issues, and thought that my life’s work would be in the enviro...

[Originally appeared as a program note for Spoleto Festival USA's 2016 U.S. Premiere production of Helmut Lachenmann's opera "Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern".]

Conductor’s Note

You are about to enter a soundworld that immerses you in a story. It is a sonic atmospher...

Originally appeared as program notes for a program at Spoleto Festival USA, June 3, 2014, featuring:

Louis Andriessen - The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven (U.S. Premiere)

Michael Gordon - Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (U.S. Premiere)

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

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