Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Congratulations to Joan Tower who will be awarded the Golden Baton at this year’s League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, TN (June 3-5)!  The Golden Baton is organization’s highest honor. One of Tower’s most well known works, Made in America, was commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras throughout the country through the League of American Orchestra’s Ford Made in America project.  The resulting piece remains the largest orchestra commissioning consortium in the United States. The Golden Baton  was first established in 1948 and is given in recognition of distinguished service to America’s orchestras, either to individuals or institutions “whose…

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: June 11, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Library of Congress blog, In the Muse, highlights Women Composers Hiding in Plain Sight. Written by Music Reference Specialist Melissa E. Wertheimer, she discusses a fantastic photograph she found, and the backstory she uncovered, in the Library of Congress archives!  (Spoiler: the photograph and story features one of our favorite composers, Amy Beach, as well as an early example of women composers coming together to organize and support each other!) On An Overgrown Path discusses the institutional discrimination faced by conductors – and specifically the case of Rudolph Dunbar, the first black…

A Nobel Honor for Amy Beach

We are thrilled that the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Joana Carneiro, will be performing second movement, Alla Siciliana of Amy Beach’s “Gaelic” Symphony in E minor, Op. 32 (Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy Publications’ revised edition) for the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony! The Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 P.M. Central European Time (CET, which is 10:30 A.M. EST) and will be streamed live on the Nobel website.  The various events will be televised on a number of different channels around the world as well. Please note that the Awards Ceremony is not the same as the Nobel Prize Concert on…