Sarasota will quickly be the scene of Miss Negrón’s Opus.
Composer Angélica Negrón was revealed Monday night because the 2022 winner of the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Greenfield Prize, and she or he obtained the information in an emotional Zoom name.
Negrón was welcomed into the household by Andy Sandberg, the chief government officer of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and she or he was clearly touched by the gesture.
“Thanks a lot,” Negrón mentioned, her voice cracking. “It’s my first time crying on Zoom.”
The award, which is distributed at the side of the Greenfield Basis, features a six-week Hermitage Fellowship and a $30,000 fee to create a brand new work of music. That authentic work of music may have its first public presentation in Sarasota in 2024.
Negrón writes authentic music for accordions, robotic devices and electronics, and she or he’s a founding member of the tropical digital band Balun. She’s composed scores for the New York Botanical Gardens and for Opera Philadelphia amongst different organizations.
“Each time there’s one thing like this, I prefer to not put any stress on myself,” Negrón says of the run-up to the announcement. “Because the minutes had been passing, I used to be getting more and more nervous. I’m actually enthusiastic about what I proposed and the piece I need to make.”
Negrón will be celebrated at the Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner on April 10 at Michael’s On East in Sarasota.
The composer’s musical journey began at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, and she later earned a master’s degree in composition from New York University.
Negrón also pursued doctoral studies at The Graduate Center (City University of New York).
The finalists for the award include jazz trumpeter and composer Etienne Charles, violinist Curtis Stewart and violinist and freestyle composition artist Mazz Swift. All three finalists will receive a $1,000 prize and a Hermitage Fellowship.
“The mission of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize is to bring into the world works of art that have a significant impact on the broad as well as the artistic culture of our society,” says Sandberg of the Greenfield Prize. “This has been a north star, a guiding light for all the juries that have selected the recipients and finalists of this prize over the last 14 seasons.”
The jury for this year’s prize included Terrance McKnight, Jessie Montgomery and Gary Padmore.
Jury chair McKnight, the host of WQXR New York Public Radio, related on Monday evening’s call that he had known and respected Negrón’s work for a long time, and he said he drew a lot from recently listening to her ouevre on Spotify.
“Anjelica’s music places value in the softest, most vulnerable and most frequently overlooked instruments in the room,” McKnight says. “In her scores, even the robots have a pulse. Her compositional insight is the heartbeat of true democracy.”
Negrón plans on working on a commission that will engage the senses and encourage listeners to resist distractions.
The composition will be timed with the setting sun and inspired partly by the sun’s low-frequency sounds as captured by scientists from NASA and the Europe Space Agency.
“It’s a testament that whenever I doubt being open and vulnerable in some spaces is the way to go, I should just trust myself,” Negrón says. “That’s very reassuring.”
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