Henry Wolking’s Ballet Forever Yesterday

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Fifty years ago the Louisville Orchestra under conductor Robert Whitney embarked on a path of commissioning compositions by contemporary composers with civic and foundation support. One principal offshoot of the endeavor resulted in a historic recording project for new music, funded in part by a ground-breaking grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Ten years and over two hundred compositions later, the Louisville Orchestra had established both the basic framework for orchestral commissioning projects and a model for the collaboration of orchestras and private foundations in support of serious new music.1 By the 1990s, such activities are an assumed part of our American musical culture.