A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

Salastina Music Society carried out a remarkably original experiment last weekend (Oct. 6 & 7) – raising issues of how and why some works get into the classical music canon – and some works don’t.  Salastina’s two directors were struck by a certain piano trio, and astonished that they hadn’t heard of it previously.  So much so that they decided to turn the concert into an event (titled “Sounds Mysterious”) — a discussion of these issues, and to make the case very provocatively, with a “blind taste test.”  Moderator Brian Laurizen compared the process to a friend asking you to go…

International Women's Day 2018

In the past few years the enthusiasm and programming surrounding March 8 has expanded in exciting ways.  No doubt due to the response to #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain movements, the plans for this year’s International Women’s Day have felt even more exciting.  The theme this year is #PressforProgress – and there is already plenty of momentum to challenge stereotypes and bias, forge positive visibility of women, and celebrate women’s achievements. Each year celebrations surrounding International Women’s Day get bigger and bigger – with demonstrations, special events, art installations, and concerts, with notable events occurring throughout the world. Increasingly orchestras are…

The Dream Unfinished Continues the Conversation

We’ve been following the work of The Dream Unfinished since it was first organized as an activist orchestra in conjunction with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Since their first concert this ensemble has worked to use their voices to raise awareness to issues of social justice, as well as bring to light composers whose works have been long ignored on contemporary stages.   Their next concert is titled, Raise Your Hand and will take place on Sunday, June 11 at The Cooper Union in New York City.  As with past concerts, the connection to a social justice platform is clear: RAISE…

Representation in the Classroom

Representation matters.  In recordings, in publications, in performance halls, and in classrooms. We were thrilled to learn about a new project to encourage more discussion and exploration of works by women in classrooms through music theory curriculum.  The project and website, titled Music Theory Examples by Women, is a comprehensive and thoughtful resource to make it easy for all educators to include examples that would carry students from beginning music education through principles of chromaticism. The two contributors to the website are Molly Murdock and Trevor Nelson, both PhD candidates at the Eastman School of Music.  Read more about their…