Friday, September 28, 2007

Contest time again

Yes, It's once again time to play Name the Next New Music Box Cover Person, our monthly feature competition. Each month -- as you know far too well -- the New Music Box, the internet organ of the American Music Cartel Center features a video interview with a new music personality (and sometimes a small gaggle of them). My guesses have had a bad track record and my wishes are even further off. Of late, there have been a conductor, members of a new music ensemble, and three composers, one prodigal junior composer, one great big senior composer, and one other composer cosily nestled in-between. Once again, I predict that the next interviewee will be a critic; by all rights, it ought to be our most senior active critic, Alan Rich (someone: do a serious video interview with Rich now -- the man's been places, heard music, including the first performance of the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra!) but -- it's the AMC, after all -- it's much more likely to be a New Yorker, so I'll guess Alex Ross, with a spanking brand new book out. What's your best guess -- no NMB insiders allowed -- the winner gets a gift certificate for a Buñueloni at the Cedar Tavern, should it ever reopen, and I'll throw in $4.48 into the unclaimed pot, carried over from last month's contest which had no winner, making it a grand total this month of $5.28. Once again, staff members and relations of the AMC are excluded from the competition. Entries must be received before midnight, GMT, on September 30th.


Anonymous said...

Frank J. Oteri interviews Frank J. Oteri.

David Ocker said...

Either Jennifer Higdon again or Dawn Upshaw. (And if it isn't Dawn Upshaw this month then can I enter her for next month as well?)

Maybe you should give an award to people who can prove they've actually read an entire interview. I never seem to finish - and an incentive might be useful.


Anonymous said...

Yes, Docker, every month should be Jennifer Higdon month!

But even better, just put together Jennifer's cat with Charles Wuorinen's cat and Nico Muhly's cat for an all owned-by-composers-cat extravaganza: The New Music Kitty Box.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Benward. I know he's dead, but he could be the Jeremy Bentham of music theory.

David Ocker said...

Phillip, you are definitely on to something good! Would NMKB by sponsored by AMC (American Musical Cats)? Or maybe by ACF (American Composers' Felines) with support from MTC (Meet the Cat)?

You can see our cats here