A Look at Dame Ethel Smyth

Remembered for her political work as well as her compositions, Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was an inspiring and impressive figure in Britain throughout her lifetime. Though she received resistance from her family as she pursued a career in music, she was rather successful in her lifetime. Though her compositions include chamber pieces, a Mass, and symphonic works, she is remembered primarily as a composer of opera; her oeuvre includes 6 completed operas. Though her most famous opera is The Wreckers, her Der Wald was the first opera composed by a woman performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Smyth…

Hilary Hahn Commissions New Works

Award winning violinist and former child prodigy, as well as active soloist, Hilary Hahn has recently announced a new project, commissioning 27 new encore pieces. The news was released on her professional website. Hahn reportedly sought to increase and diversify the encore pieces that are heard throughout concert halls, as well as introduce audiences to different composers. Hahn handpicked the composers for the project, and has revealed 26 – the final composer is going to be a surprise. Included in the list of composers were: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Lera Auerbach Tina Davidson Jennifer Higdon Bun-Ching Lam Michiru Oshima Gillian Whitehead Du…