Changing Lives through Multicultural New Music

About the Project

20x2020: Commissioning 20 new multicultural works by 2020.
Please consider a gift towards our multi-year commissioning project, 20x2020. Contributions will assist in funding our line-up of composers for the 2018/19 concert season, which will be announced in March 2018. Contributions will help cover commissioning fee costs for composers. (These fees range from $3,000-$15,000.) In addition, gifts will assist with costs associated with recording 20x2020 commission No. 13 by Vietnamese composer Vu Ghat Tan, featuring Emmy, Oscar and Grammy award-winning dan bau musician Vanessa Vo. 

20x2020 Objectives
• To create new, culturally relevant music and to continue the tradition of expanding the classical music canon. 
• To engage the diverse community of Houston (and the U.S) with music inspired by specific ethnic/cultural/indigenous traditions. 
• To utilize commissions in curating educational programs that will touch thousands of students and children of all ages.
• To provide commissions to well-known composers and up-and-coming artists, gifted students.

 
20x2020 | 2017/18 Season 
We begin our 10th Anniversary season entering the homestretch of our innovative and groundbreaking commissioning project. Since the launch of 20x2020 in 2014, the project’s commissions have been featured on radio and media stations across the country, from Houston Public Media to American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio program, Performance Today. They have reached a total audience of approximately 12 million, through radio/ television broadcasts and live performances in concert halls, schools, colleges, airports, and hospitals in the Houston region and beyond. A memorable experience was recording Imágenes de Cuba (20x2020 No. 7) by composer Arthur Gottschalk.
This season’s commissions promise to forge new territory in our quest to connect classical and folk traditions. Indian composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran (20x2020 No. 12) has earned world-wide acclaim for his revolutionary approach in fusing Indian classical and Western music. His system of Melharmony has the potential to be a powerful unifier of humanity, and it has drawn hundreds of thousands to his concerts. Ukrainian-American composer Virko Baley (20x2020 No. 13), Distinguished Professor of Composition at University of Nevada, has a storied career both in the U.S. and abroad, and he proudly infuses his works with his cultural heritage. Composer Vũ Nhât Tân (20x2020 No. 14) represents a new generation of Vietnamese composers, leading the way by venturing into electronic soundscapes while honoring the deep musical traditions of his country.



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