RYAN MURRAY NAMED SEMI-FINALIST FOR THE
ERNST BACON MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN MUSIC
Mr. Murray’s performance of the opera Dead Man Walking with Townsend Opera and
Fresno Grand Opera recognized as a top performance of American opera in 2016
Modesto, California – September 14, 2016
Townsend Opera Music Director Ryan Murray has been named a semi-finalist for The American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize for the Performance of American Music for his performance of the opera Dead Man Walking with Townsend Opera and Fresno Grand Opera in May 2016.
Selected from performances of American music from around the world, candidates for this prestigious award are widely recognized for the quality of their work and their commitment to the performance of American music.
Matthew Buckman, General Director of Townsend Opera, said: “I am extremely proud of Ryan for this superb accomplishment. We are very privileged to work with such a wonderful and talented colleague, and it is fantastic to see his work being recognized nationally, as well as for our company to be recognized for the quality of the work we’re putting on the stage. We wish Ryan the best of luck with the remaining rounds of the competition.”
Mr. Murray is quickly becoming one of the leading young conductors of his generation, widely recognized in the United States for his interpretation of both the standard repertoire and new American opera. Mr. Murray was the winner of the 2014 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, and spent the summer of 2014 in residence with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival.
In addition to his duties as Music Director of Townsend Opera, Mr. Murray serves as Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Associate Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Grass Valley Music Festival and Music Director of the Stanislaus State Symphony Orchestra.
About the Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize
The American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music recognizes and rewards the best performances of American music by orchestras and choruses worldwide. Ernst Bacon (1898-1990) was one of that pioneering generation of composers who, along with Thomson, Copland, Harris and others, found a voice for American music. Winner of a Pulitzer Scholarship and no fewer than three Guggenheim Fellowships, Ernst Bacon set out to create compositions that expressed the vitality and affirmative spirit of our country. The American Prize is an annual award in the memory of Ernst Bacon, recognizing the finest performances of American orchestral music worldwide.