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Copland House

Cortlandt Manor, NY         

Inaugurated in 1998, Copland House is an award-winning creative center for American music based at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in upstate New York. Copland House emerged from a genuine grassroots movement of local townspeople and municipal officials who envisioned Copland’s longtime home becoming the living, enduring embodiment of his seminal artistic and personal legacies and lifelong advocacy of American composers. Hailed by The New York Times for “all the richness of its offerings,” Copland House is the only composer’s home in the U.S. devoted to nurturing and renewing America’s vibrant musical heritage through a broad range of public, educational, electronic-media, and informational activities. Its programs resonate far beyond the walls of Copland’s longtime home, and are built upon three fundamental pillars, all centered around the American composer. Its support for living composers includes residencies, commissioning, creative workshops and mentoring programs, and post-residency honors and performance opportunities. Its live and recorded performances include an annual main-stage concert series at its vast satellite venue at the historic Merestead estate in nearby Mount Kisco, NY, domestic touring, broadcasts, webcasts, and recordings on the COPLAND HOUSE BLEND label – all featuring the Founding, Principal, and Guest Artists of its internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble (praised by The Los Angeles Times for its “compelling and carefully-crafted programs, beautifully and seductively played”). Its educational activities across the region and the U.S. include in-school or on-site student programs, lectures and seminars, workshops and master classes, professional development workshops for faculty, house tours, film screenings, visual exhibitions, and other presentations. Among Copland House’s many professional and civic honors are designation as an Official Site of the federal “Save America’s Treasures” program, the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction, Arts Westchester’s Arts Organization of the Year Award, and Westchester magazine’s “Best of the Decade” recognition. A non-profit, 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization, all of its activities are supported by the nationwide, broad-based Friends of Copland House.

CULTIVATE 2014

A short film about Copland House’s annual emerging composers’ institute. (Created and edited by Alejandro Salinas-Albrecht.)

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