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Recording grant for Arlene Sierra, Volume 2

Arlene SierraComposer Dr Arlene Sierra’s recording project with Bridge Records and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has received another major grant.

The project – part of Dr Sierra’s multi-volume portrait series with Bridge Records – has received a $7000 recording grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, which aims to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be recording three of Dr Sierra’s orchestral works in January 2013 with Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen.

The project also received a $7200 grant from the New Music USA CAP Recording program in 2011. The CD – Arlene Sierra, Volume 2 – will be released by Bridge Records in 2013.

A further collaboration with BBC NOW will see the orchestra give the UK premiere of “Moler”, Dr Sierra’s new commission for the Seattle Symphony. The world premiere will take place at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on 26 October 2012 with the symphony's celebrated new Music Director Ludovic Morlot. UK audiences will be able to hear the piece at BBC Hoddinott Hall on 26 November 2012, and later on BBC Radio 3, with Grant Llewellyn conducting.