American Prize Ernst Bacon Award

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Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra wins The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music

The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra established in 1946 located in suburban Philadelphia, was honored with a national award by The American Prize for its première recording released by New Focus Recordings of never-before-recorded American Romantic music selected from the Fleischer Collection of the Philadelphia Free Library.

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Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1946, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest community orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia area. Led by Music Director Reuben Blundell and Concertmaster Herold Klein a retired Philadelphia Orchestra violinist, the talented musicians who form the core of the 75+ members of the LSO come from many walks of life and all share a strong love of music.  The LSO season runs from October to April, presenting five concerts at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

American Romantics recording

This world-premiere recording of music by American composers, showcases previously unrecorded music of the late 19th and 20th century. The composers represented were either native born or had recently immigrated. Some drew on Americana melodies while others reflected on the prevailing Central European compositional style of the day. Music Director Blundell unearthed these pieces from the rich troves of the Edwin A. Fleischer Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award

The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by ensembles and individual artists worldwide, based on submitted recordings. Focused exclusively on works by American composers from any period and in any style, the contest not only judges performances, but in the case of new or unfamiliar works, the music itself.  Ernst Bacon (1898—1990) was one of the pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris, and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship for his Symphony in D minor, he set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of America.

Fleischer Collection

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music is the world’s largest circulating collection of orchestral performance sets – with over 22,000 titles – and provides materials to recognized performance groups around the globe for concerts and recordings. It houses virtually the entire standard repertoire, and is also known for its many rare and out-of-print works available for lending around the world. It is a unique source of 19th and 20th century American music, and has a longstanding commitment to promoting new, noteworthy, and overlooked works.

Reuben Blundell

Reuben Blundell has been Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Over the past five years, he and the musicians have built on the orchestra’s great talent and potential on stage and in the community, making it one of Pennsylvania’s great artistic treasures.

We are currently working on a recording of female composers.

Current Recording Project Preview (tentative)  Gwyneth Walker: Fanfare, Interlude & Finale  Priscilla Beach: City Trees Linda Robbins Coleman: For A Beautiful Land Alexandra Pierce: Behemoth  Radie Britain: Drouth Margaret Wood-Hill: Reactions to the Prose Rhythm of Fiona MacLeod Esther Balliou Williamson: Intermezzo Joanna Brouk: Lalina Electra, The Awakening, The Ripples on the Lake

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