Nine music organizations have been awarded a total of $858,430 in grants through the Pew Charitable Trusts's Philadelphia Music Project, a program run by Pew's Center for Arts and Heritage, center officials announced Wednesday.
The Opera Company of Philadelphia was awarded $200,000 to produce Silent Night, a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, co-commissioned by the opera company and the Minnesota Opera, where it received its world premiere in November 2011.
Commissioned in 2008, Silent Night adapts French writer-director Christian Carion's 2005 film Joyeux Noël, set on the Western Front during World War I.
Al-Bustan, Seeds of Culture received a $70,000 grant to help present its 2012-2013 Arab Music Concert Series, which will feature Philadelphia debuts for Turkish clarinetist Husnu Senlendirici, Moroccan vocalist Karima Skalli, and Lebanese vocalist Rima Khcheich.
Other grants included: The Academy of Vocal Arts, $120,000, to produce French composer Jules Massenet's Don Quichotte, (marking the centennial of Massenet's death); Bowerbird, $70,000, to present Cage: Evolving Chance, a two-part festival featuring the music of John Cage and scheduled for the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013; Crossroads Music, $70,000, to present the Raga Samay Festival, a 24-hour marathon of Hindustani music, scheduled for the spring of 2013, in collaboration with the Sangeet Society and South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania.