Costa Rican orchestra features women composers

Costa Rican orchestra features women composers

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (OSN — National Symphony Orchestra) of Costa Rica presents a tribute to women composers on June 14 and 16, 2019. The concert is conducted by Gabriela Mora Fallas (pictured left), returning for her second time to lead the orchestra; for her first time, two years ago, she received a National Award from the Ministry of Culture and Youth. The program is brilliant and varied, and Mora emphasizes that many of the works are national premieres, and thus the program is highly innovative.  The complete program follows: Blue Cathedral, Jennifer Higdon Pinceladas, Pilar Aguilar (Costa Rican) Purple…

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

We were thrilled to hear the stream of Miriam Gideon’s 1958 chamber opera, Fortunato, last week. This was the world premiere of this work, which Gideon apparently wrote hoping that it would be performed by the NBC Opera Theatre.  She composed it in three acts, and orchestrated the first act.  While her hope was that it would be performed, there was no plan, so was a real labor of love, to write a major work with no expectation hearing it.  The story of how this premiere was brought about is worth discussing, but that will be one of the details…

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

We received this beautiful testimonial from Pamela Wilson a while — OK, over a year — ago. What a fantastic statement of the unexpected and ongoing resonances of The Women’s Philharmonic! Thank you, Pamela! Pamela Wilson works in advancement at Connecticut College and is the founder and director of the New London Drone Orchestra. The group performed in the 24 Hour Drone in Hudson, New York, April 28-29, 2018. Pamela also takes percussion lessons and plays in the College’s New Music Ensemble. As DJ Kitty Empire, she hosts a freeform music show on Sunday nights on WCNI-FM, where she also…

At Last ! Music by Florence Price performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

At Last ! Music by Florence Price performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Music by Florence Price performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra — 70-plus years after she wrote them There is no doubt that Florence Price’s music is undergoing a resurgence.  The first performance of her music by the Boston Symphony Orchestra – which will perform three movements of her Symphony No. 3 in C minor, on Saturday March 23 — is part of this resurgence.  Also we can note the recent performance of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor by the Minnesota Orchestra, and the recordings and performances of the newly discovered Violin concertos, and the Symphony No. 4 have…