2016 POP Finalists

2016 POP Finalists

Each month, 21CM asks a leader in music to select the People, Organizations and Projects that have inspired them most. We then hand the voting over to our readers to select their favorites.

It all culminates in this moment, a whittling down to 12 finalists for the greatest honor of them all – the POP Icon. Our rules are simple: Vote for as many as you like until December 31. We’ll announce the POP Icon along with the winners in each category in early January. Get out the vote! Have a voice in this POPocracy!

Vote by December 31!

January

Kansas City Symphony

“An orchestra that understands invention and reinvention”

Category: Organization

Curator: Howard Herring

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February

Mike Block

“The ideal musician of the 21st century”

Category: People

Curator: Staff

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March

Louisville Leopard Percussionists

“Young musicians celebrate unity through music-making”

Category: Organization

Curator: Teddy Abrams

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April

Hand Eye

A triptych of composer, performance and artwork, the sets “have the visual interest of a rock performance”

Category: Project

Curator: Dan Visconti

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May

HOPSCOTCH,
produced by The Industry

“An insane undertaking [of] different locations and moving vehicles”

Category: Project

Curator: Anna Bulbrook

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June

Clean Feed Records

“A haven-like outlet for intrepid musicians”

Category: Organization

Curator: Bradley Bambarger

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July

Kristian Bezuiden­hout

“Able to find a limitless spectrum of colors that brings the [fortepiano] to life”

Category: People

Curator: Jeremy Geffen

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August

New Music USA

“Propels the new-music scene’s survival”

Category: Organization

Curator: Justin Kantor

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October

Carlo Grante, Pianist

“One of the most extraordinary piano virtuosi of our time”

Category: People

Curator: Bruce Adolphe

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November

Pacific Symphony –
Music Mixology

“Breaks the fourth wall that divides the most casual performance spaces”

Category: Project

Curator: Sarah Robinson

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Wildcard

Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams received an overwhelming number of votes in the People category, more than many of our other POP picks. After much deliberation, we chose to include him as our final finalist.
The conductor of the Louisville Orchestra takes the extra step in making “music accessible for everyone.”

Category: People

Curator: Howard Herring

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*Note: September’s special edition 21CMposium issue did not feature POP Picks.

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  1. These kids are so incredibly talented and awesome! They amaze me every time I hear them play even the same songs over and over again! They definitely deserve this award and then some! Best wishes to each and every one AND their instructor!

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