Costa Rican orchestra features women composers

Costa Rican orchestra features women composers

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (OSN — National Symphony Orchestra) of Costa Rica presents a tribute to women composers on June 14 and 16, 2019. The concert is conducted by Gabriela Mora Fallas (pictured left), returning for her second time to lead the orchestra; for her first time, two years ago, she received a National Award from the Ministry of Culture and Youth. The program is brilliant and varied, and Mora emphasizes that many of the works are national premieres, and thus the program is highly innovative.  The complete program follows: Blue Cathedral, Jennifer Higdon Pinceladas, Pilar Aguilar (Costa Rican) Purple…

Cal State Fullerton Celebrates 18th Annual New Music Festival

Cal State Fullerton Celebrates 18th Annual New Music Festival

With a truly exhilarating range of programming the 18th annual CSU Fullerton New Music Festival offered four days of interaction with influential performers and composers and memorable, cutting-edge concerts, February 19-23. Among the highlights were performances by the student ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble which performed Cindy McTee’s “The Unquestioned Answer.” The CSUF New Music Ensemble engaged in two of Pauline Oliveros’ iconic “Meditations” as a tribute to this hugely influential composer who passed away just over two years ago. “The Tuning Meditation” is focused and contemplative, while “Interdependence” demands rapid response and agility.  The works offer sets of instructions…

Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

One of the most important events in music of 2018 was the BBC’s International Women’s Day broadcasts and live concerts.  Performances and recordings were aired based on special research aimed at bringing to light unknown music composed by women.  The highlight of the day was this concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  We wanted to make sure this event is recalled and acknowledged so we have asked the noted musicologist Dr. Deborah Hayes to review the concert. Dr. Deborah Hayes is a pioneering scholar in the work to recover neglected women composers.   She is professor emerita at the College of…

Chen Yi and Zhou Long honored by SAM

Chen Yi and Zhou Long honored by SAM

Timothy Diovanni concludes his reporting on the Society for American Music conference by joining with Liane Curtis and offering insights on the on the Vivian Perlis Concert in Honor of Chen Yi and Zhou Long.   Zhou Long and Chen Yi are are Chinese-American composers who were honored with the Society of American Music’s distinguished Honorary Member award.  The presentation of the award, and the concert that followed of solo and chamber works by both composers took place on March 2, 2018 and can be heard in its entirety here. The text of the presentation by SAM President Sandra Graham, which…