Jason Love and the Columbia Orchestra Win the 2013 American Prize in Orchestral Programming

We are thrilled to announce that Maestro Love has won the 2013 American Prize in Orchestral Programming for his 2011-2012 season with the Columbia Orchestra. Known as the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, the prize "recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community."

The award honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius, music director of the Lithuanian State Opera, and for nearly thirty-five years Director of Orchestral Activities at the Hartt School of Music.

The judges' comments: "These are wonderful programs for any orchestral organization. For a community group such as the one Jason Love conducts, they are simply remarkable. Here is a courageous programmer with a clear vision for his audience and ensemble.

"Every concert has something new or unusual – Higdon, Chapela, Hailstork, a young competition winner, Zhou Tian, Marquez and more. These works and composers don’t simply find their way onto programs the way standrard repertoire does. They must be known and selected. They signify a music director with intelligence and a keen interest in the art. Surrounding them are a fine array of classical hits, from the depths and challenges of the Tchaikovsky 5th and the Mahler Symphony No. 10 (with a community orchestra!), and the Dvorak Cello Concerto; there is a full Carnival of the Animals, and a lively light-classics/pops concert. The chamber concerts are especially interesting. Impressive.

"Here’s wishing Maestro Love and the Columbia Orchestra large audiences, plenty of money, and reams of positive press for concerts that are truly alive and in the moment. Bravo."

Congratulations to Jason, the orchestra, and the other talented nominees!

Read more about the award on The American Prize Blog and a rememberance of Vytautas Marijosius by David Katz at The American Prize website.