Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

4/1/2016 - 8/31/2019

Funding Totals

$400,000.00 (approved)
$400,000.00 (awarded)

Music Unwound

FAIN: GI-234935-16

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc. (Buffalo, NY 14202-1121)
Joseph I. Horowitz (Project Director: August 2015 to March 2021)

Implementation of orchestra performances, lectures, recitals, and related programs exploring the history and culture informing works by composer Kurt Weill.

The present application requests $760,538 (a Chairman’s Award) for “phase three” of an existing NEH project: Music Unwound, a consortium of orchestras, festivals, and universities engaged in re-thinking their core mission in order to incorporate thematic, contextualized, cross-disciplinary public programming. In phases one and two, each participant undertook one, two, or three festival topics: “Dvorak and America,” “Copland and Mexico,” and “Charles Ives’s America.” For phase three, the consortium would add a new, fourth topic to the mix: “Kurt Weill’s America.” The four topics, in tandem, cover a broad swath of American cultural history.