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Myers Foundation New Music Fund

Myers Foundation New Music Fund
May 1, 2019

Tuesday Musical has announced the creation of The Myers Foundation New Music Fund to help support commissions of new music, premieres in Akron, Ohio, and opportunities for students to learn from and be inspired by talented composers.

Support for the new fund comes from the Louis S. and Mary Myers Foundation. The late Mr. and Mrs. Myers were Akron residents and longtime patrons of the visual and performing arts.

Entering its 132nd season in 2019-20, Tuesday Musical is an anchor arts organization in Akron, Ohio, and one of the oldest and most-respected organizations of its kind in the United States.

“Tuesday Musical has a long history of artistic and educational excellence,” says Jarrod Hartzler, executive and artistic director. “Over the years, we have presented concerts by Vladimir Horowitz, Itzhak Perlman, Nelson Eddy, Leontyne Price, Andres Segovia, Imani Winds, Marilyn Horne, James Galway, Renee Fleming, Yo Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and many more.”

Tuesday Musical also takes its guest artists beyond the concert hall for education and community engagement programs that expand access to world-class musicians for students and adults throughout northeast Ohio — inspiring current and future generations of music lovers.

“Artistic significance has become another focus of Tuesday Musical in recent years,” says Hartzler, “and The Myers Foundation New Music Fund will enable us to build on our work with composers in recent years.” For example:

  • Its first commission was in 2015, when Tuesday Musical co-commissioned Mark-Anthony Turnage to compose a work to celebrate the Emerson String Quartet’s 40th anniversary. Emerson performed the world premiere for the opening concert of Tuesday Musical’s 2016-17 season, then went on to perform “Shroud” for audiences around the globe, including at Lincoln Center in New York City and Wigmore Hall in London.
  • To open the 2017-18 season and celebrate its 130th anniversary, Tuesday Musical commissioned James Wilding to compose “Homeland Portraits” for the Escher String Quartet. Born in South Africa, Wilding is a faculty member at The University of Akron School of Music.
  • At the start of the 2018-19 season, Tuesday Musical named composer-pianist Gregg Kallor as its inaugural composer-in-residence. Throughout the season, Kallor has worked with young composers in northeast Ohio. He also came to Akron in fall 2018 to perform “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his creepy musical tale inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story.
  • In April, pianist Lara Downes performed another original composition by Gregg Kallor during her For Lenny concert for Tuesday Musical’s Fuze series. Kallor also will compose a new string octet for Tuesday Musical’s 2019-20 season, to be premiered by the Dover and Escher quartets in a duo performance.