Monday Link Round Up: February 4, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: February 4, 2019

News and music to start your week! PBS Newshour had the story about the San Fransciso Civic Symphony and their conductor, Jessica Bejarano.  Growing up in an environment that didn’t particularly embrace classical music, Bejarano speaks about the challenges she experienced in receiving her classical music education, and now as a Mexican-American woman conductor in a field dominated by western European men. NewMusicBox speaks to composer and sound artist Ellen Reid about her approach to music and her work. Read on at the website, and see a bit of the conversation below:   Last week we share information about the…

Congratulations to the 2018 Performance Grant Winners!

Congratulations to the 2018 Performance Grant Winners!

The 2018 WPA Performance Grant cycle brought a record number of applicants, exciting and diverse concerts to consider, and many wonderful programs to anticipate throughout the years of 2019 and 2020! As in the past, the strongest applicants programmed works by more than one composer, included works by both contemporary as well as historic composers, with plans for extensive outreach opportunities and collaborations within their communities. Each ensemble demonstrated a commitment to providing a more inclusive and diverse representation of music history, reminding their audiences that there is much more to orchestral music than just the traditional “top 40” classics…

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…

Monday Link Round Up: September 17, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Pacific Standard spoke to WPA President Liane Curtis about the current state of women’s work in symphonic spaces.  Read on here! It’s Hildegard von Bingen’s Feast Day! Celebrate by listening to some of her best known works! In the Muse, the blog for the Arts Division of the Library of Congress, writes about Clara Schumann’s 199th birthday.  Wouldn’t it be great to have her 200th celebrated by symphonies across the country and around the world?!  A WPA Performance Grant may be able to help! The Women Composers Festival of Hartford are now…