Monday Link Round Up: November 11, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: November 11, 2019

News and music to start your week! Marin Alsop is the new chief conductor of Vienna’s ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra – it’s the first time a woman has been named chief conductor in Austria.  Read on at RTL Today. Tom Huizenga of NPR’s Deceptive Cadence reviews Caroline Shaw’s new work for voice and string quartet titled “And So”.  Watch the video of the performance here. The Guardian has a piece from composer Emily Howard discussing how the 19th-century mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace inspired her compositional work. The Dallas News discussed two events, the Dallas Opera women conductors symposium, and…

DSO Women in Classical Music Symposium: Bringing “First and Only” into Community

DSO Women in Classical Music Symposium: Bringing “First and Only” into Community

Dr. Penny Brandt offers this report on the recent Symposium in Dallas: The “Women in Classical Music Symposium” hosted by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra was held this week at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas, Texas. Organizers included President and CEO of the DSO Kim Noltemy, Manager of Strategic Initiatives Sarah Whitling, and Director of Contemporary & SOLUNA Programs Gillian Friedman Fox, along with a whole team of staff that participated in panels, luncheons, and receptions to facilitate connections and networking between attendees. Speakers included the renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw and rising-star conductor Gemma New, who is…

Project W by the Chicago Sinfonietta -- CD Review by Quinn Mason

Project W by the Chicago Sinfonietta -- CD Review by Quinn Mason

We’ve followed the important work of the Chicago Sinfonietta for many years (for instance, here is our 2013 interview with their music director, Mei Ann Chen) and are happy to present a review of their latest CD, reviewed by Quinn Mason.  Quinn’s previous post for us was “On Diversity in Music.” Cedille Records has recently released Project W, a showcase of music composed by diverse women composers and performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta and their music director, Mei-Ann Chen. All of the compositions (except the Florence Price) on the CD are commissions from Chicago Sinfonietta and all were performed in…

Monday Link Round Up: November 4, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: November 4, 2019

News and music to start your week! In sad, but perhaps not surprising news, The Guardian reports that according to the Musicians Union, half of its members have received harassment at work, and a significant percentage of those who chose to leave their careers in music do so because of the abuse and sexism. Soprano Julia Bullock is forging a new career for herself outside of the traditional expectations of an operatic singer.  Read about her new approach to music through curating, her experiences working outside of the standard repertoire, and what she plans next in a profile in The…