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CAMI Joins Musical America in Saluting Deborah Voigt, Vocalist of the Year and Tan Dun, Composer of the Year
December 10, 2002

Columbia Artists Management Inc. is proud to announce that Musical America’s 2003 Award Honorees include soprano Deborah Voigt, Vocalist of the Year, and Tan Dun, Composer of the Year. The award ceremony will take place this evening, December 10, in the Rohatyn Room at Carnegie Hall.

Tan Dun, whose music is played throughout the world by the leading orchestras and ensembles of our time, is forging ahead with his vision of breaking musical barriers and creating multi-cultural, multi-media programs. Beginning with season 2002, he joins the Flemish Radio Orchestra and the Flemish Radio Choir as Music Director of Multimedia, leading these ensembles in concert for the first time in January of 2003. In addition, he has received a commission from the Berlin Philharmonic for a new composition to be premiered in 2004. The performance will be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and will feature as soloists the twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. A recording of Tan Dun’s acclaimed Water Passion after St. Matthew has just been released, and his most recent opera, Tea, will have its European premiere in Amsterdam’s Muziktheatre in January 2003. Other future commissions include a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera (scheduled for 2006), and The Map, a cello concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony which premieres in Boston in February 2003 and tours to Carnegie Hall with Tan Dun conducting.

Musical America honoree Deborah Voigt began the 2002/03 season with an October concert and recording of Strauss’ "Aegyptische Helena," in which she sang the title role. In addition, she was the featured soloist with Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic in their 160th Anniversary concert on December 7, 2002. Ms. Voigt’s four appearances at the Metropolitan Opera this season include the role of Cassandre in the new production of Berlioz' "Les Troyens,” celebrating the composer’s bicentennial year, and the title role in the Met’s telecast of "Ariadne auf Naxos," both under the baton of Maestro James Levine. The high point in a series of spring appearances in Vienna is Deborah Voigt’s debut in the role of Isolde in "Tristan und Isolde" with Christian Thielemann conducting. In July and Augustof 2003 she gives a series of concert performances of "Aegyptische Helena" at the Salzburg Festival with conductor Fabio Luisi.

CAMI salutes these fine artists who join the ranks of numerous others who, over the years, have been honored by Musical America. During the past ten years, CAMI has been extremely honored to have five artists selected for the high honor of Musical America’s Musician of the Year. A total of fourteen CAMI artists have been singled out for these prestigious awards over the past decade, including six conductors and four vocalists.

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