1. Like many composers today, Chaya Czernowin is not attached to any one place and her trans-nationality informs her outlook more than any specific geographical roots. And her seeming aloofness from personal roots has led to an unusually omnivorous music, even by today's standards. While she admits that the work she creates might in part be the result of having lived all over the world, there is no clear trajectory for how her music has evolved or how it should be perceived. In fact, she does not want her music to be understood immediately and is very wary of the belief that artistic creations should be accessible. But that doesn't mean that she wants to be hermetically sealed off from audiences either, although she acknowledges that her path is "a strange bridge to go."

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  2. Although Ellen Taaffe Zwilich has received more accolades than most living composers—the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the first composer chair at Carnegie Hall as well as the only living composer ever mentioned in a Peanuts® comic strip—she believes that the pinnacle of success is hearing a wonderful performance of one of her compositions. She considers herself primarily "somebody who writes music for people to play" and her greatest joy is interacting with performers. And to this day, she admits to feeling like "a kid in the candy shop" when she's writing music and will only embark on a compositional project if it gives her goose bumps.

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  3. Composer and drummer John Hollenbeck seems most content when faced with musical uncertainty of any sort. In this article he discusses his composing process, the challenges of organizing tours both in the U.S. and abroad, his thoughts on genre definitions, the role of spirituality in his music, and more.

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  4. Musically, David T. Little is not afraid to get in your face. Drawing from an eclectic stylistic palette as he tackles an equally diverse roster of topics—from fossil fuels to the experiences of soldiers at war and at home—he demonstrates himself to be an artist with open ears and passionate convictions.

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  5. At first, the artistic alliance of Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz with operatic soprano Lauren Flanigan seems unlikely, but the seeds of their eventual collaboration were actually planted in the beginnings of their respective careers forty years ago, when Schwartz wrote the score for the hit musical Godspell and Flanigan, then 12 years old, made her debut in a production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. Without revealing too much about Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Schwartz's opera starring Flanigan (since both insisted it should remain a surprise until after the run at New York City Opera this month), they reveal a great deal about themselves, the creative process, and the state of both musical theatre and opera today.

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