The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new works to eight composers. The composers and performing arts organizations that will present the newly composed works are John Corigliano (New York Philharmonic, work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra); Justin Dello Joio (Bargemusic, Brooklyn, N.Y., work for violin and piano); Fang Man (Dolce Suono Ensemble, Philadelphia, work for voice and chamber ensemble with electronics and video); David Felder (SIGNAL ensemble, Rochester, N.Y., work for chamber orchestra with vocal soloists and electronics); Eric Moe (Talujon Percussion Quartet, Sea Cliff, N.Y., unspecified work); Augusta Read Thomas (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, N.Y., N.Y., song cycle for soloists and orchestra); Jukka Tiensuu (New Paths in Music, Staten Island, N.Y., work for violin and 16-piece orchestra); and Bright Sheng (Prism Quartet, Philadelphia, work for saxophone quartet and five traditional Chinese instruments). Koussevitzky Foundation commissions are awarded annually on a competitive basis; performing groups must submit an application for a composer whose work they would like to jointly commission with the foundations, and the groups must perform the work within two years of its completion. More information is available at

Posted March 7, 2011