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…

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

By Chris A. Trotman, WPA’s Director of Music Publications. Thank you to composer Dosia McKay (@dosiamckay) for sharing her photo of the event (Tower, left, and Léon) During the 2019 League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I had the privilege of attending a discussion and Q/A session with composer-conductor-pianist-educators Joan Tower and Tania Léon.  Tower was the recipient of the LAO Gold Baton Award, and the Nashville Symphony performed her Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (a title deliberately referencing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man)!  Léon is also a well-known, very successful composer, conductor, performer and educator,…

SAM Conference: Day 3

SAM Conference: Day 3

Our adventures at SAM in New Orleans continue with more fantastic papers, food, and camaraderie! On Saturday morning I attended a truly wonderful session focusing on the lives and music of Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, and considering new and intersectional ways to analyze and appreciate their respective bodies of work. Kori Hill presented on Florence Price’s Second Violin Concerto: Kate Pukinskis presented on Margaret Bond’s Three Dream Portraits: And Marquese Carter presented on Florence Price’s song “The Washer Woman”. Together this panel brought into conversation vital conversation on the intersectional nature of studying, analyzing, and appreciating the works of Black…

SAM Conference: Day 2

SAM Conference: Day 2

Friday brought another exciting day of conversation, connection, and potential for future collaboration! After a day of papers and conversations the WPA team had the opportunity to visit the historic Cabildo – which was the title of and setting for Amy Beach’s only opera which incorporates Creole tunes. The evening brought us through Louis Armstrong Park and to the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center for a concert of piano works and songs performed by Peter Collins, piano, and Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano. A celebration of the historic and contemporary music of New Orleans, the program included several…