Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

News and music to start your week! History was made at the Philadelphia Orchestra when they performed Umoja by Valerie Coleman –  the first classical work by a living African American woman that they have every performed.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After last year’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, several composers responded to the allegations of sexual harassment through music. Kenji Bunch, artistic director of the Portand (OR)-based new music ensemble called “Fear No Music”, proposed the idea and was joined by Daniel Felsenfeld and Andrea Reinkemeyer.  The concert launched a season of works that will all…

Monday Link Round Up: September 16, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 16, 2019

News and music to start the week! There was a lot of coverage of Clara Schumann’s 200th Birthday on Friday!  Read more through the Library of Congress blog, from Isata Kanneh-Mason (who recently recorded Clara’s works for piano) at The Guardian, find a thorough synopsis of her life and works at Deutsche Welle, and listen to many examples of her music at UDiscoverMusic.  Many, many local classical music stations payed homage to her on Friday.  Sadly, no top American orchestra has programmed her works for this season, although the Albany Symphony will perform her Concerto as part of the two-day…

Monday Link Round Up: September 9, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 9, 2019

News and music to start your week! The topic of women’s bodies – and body shaming – is not new to the world of classical music, and opera in particular. In recent news, soprano Kathryn Lewek received more words on her body in a review than about her actual performance.  Read more at BBC News and The Guardian. Lewek has employed the power of social media — her own Twitter feed – to fight back against the unfair attacks. Read more thoughts about inclusivity and the opera stage with an interview with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton at The Guardian.  “The American…

Monday Link Round Up: September 2, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 2, 2019

Celebrating women’s work in music – today and every day! Happy Labor Day (in the U.S.!) An excellent new Podcast from Listening to Ladies was just released with Elizabeth Blair speaking to Eleanor Alberga.  Don’t miss it! NPR’s All Things Considered reviews the upcoming new release of Julia Wolfe’s latest large scale piece and recording, Fire In My Mouth, which documents the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City.  Listen in: Amy Beach’s 1932 chamber opera Cabildo received a rare performance in London as part of the Grimeborn music festival.  The Guardian has a review, and also a link to an…