Monday Link Round Up: June 17, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: June 17, 2019

Music and News to start your week! The New York Times profiled Alma Deutscher – violinist, pianist, and composer who has been putting the classical music world in awe since she was just 4 years old.  Now 14, she’s working on a retrospective album and also discusses her future aspirations. Pass on the word!  Women Composers Festival of Hartford is looking for Connecticut composers to help celebrate their upcoming 20th anniversary.  Read more here. Nebal Maysaud writes for NewMusicBox about the problematic nature of Western Classical Music, having its roots in white supremacy. A deeply personal essay, Maysaud shares his…

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…

Clara's Schumannfest

Clara's Schumannfest

The city of Bonn has hosted an annual Schumannfest since 1998 to celebrate the lives and music of two of the city’s most famous residents: Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven.  However, in 2007 the name of the festival changed from the Bonn Schumann Festival to Schumannfest, “to illustrate the core concerns of the festival: the memory of Robert and Clara Schumann.”  Robert spent the last two years of his life in the city, and he and Clara are buried in the Old Cemetery in Bonn. Though the festivals always incorporate a wide variety of genres and performances – including…

Monday Link Round Up: June 10, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: June 10, 2019

News and music to start your week! Musicians in Bonn, Germany celebrated the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann with Schumannfest!  The event, which runs from June 1 to June 16, will include works by many women composers, not just Clara.  However, there will be a special focus on her anniversary year, including two biographical films the will be screened at the festival and a play titled Clara.  Read on here. Speaking of Clara Schumann, our President, Dr. Liane Curtis, attended the memorial service for Dr. Nancy B. Reich (distinguished and pioneering Clara Schumann scholar), who passed away in January. Curtis announced…