2019-2020 Season Follow Up

2019-2020 Season Follow Up

We recently posted our initial findings for the data we collected from the 2019-2020 season, and have received many comments and questions, and I’ll answer as many as I can! We were asked was any composer besides Beethoven had more works performed than the total number of works by women composers.  The short answer is no.  The longer, more complicated answer is that Mozart came close (at almost 5% of all the works being heard) and that just a handful of 20 dead, white, male composers make up over 50% of all the total programming.  This pie graph is dizzying,…

2019-2020 Season: By the Numbers

2019-2020 Season: By the Numbers

The 2019-2020 season announcements have been made, so now it’s time to crunch the numbers.  As in years past, we looked at the top 21 orchestras with the highest operating budgets throughout the country to see what, and who, they were playing.*  You can see last year’s report here. The information we gathered was directly from their official websites and press releases,  and included the most up-to-date information. We only included the regular season “Classical” programs – not “Family”, “Pops”, Chamber Events, or “Holiday” concerts.  For example, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has a fantastic new music series titled Green Umbrella,…

Camellia Symphony Celebrates Black History Month

Camellia Symphony Celebrates Black History Month

I hope you are having a great Black History Month!   I know I am, and as part of my celebration I attended the Camellia Symphony Orchestra‘s concert, titled Past, Present, and Future. An ambitious and excellent community orchestra in Sacramento, they offered an exciting program on Saturday in celebration of Black History Month. Now in their 56th season, the Camellias performed in the regal auditorium of the C.K. McClatchy High School.  The program featured music by Florence Price, Julia Perry, William Grant Still, and Chris Castro.  It’s a challenging proposition for an orchestra to put forward a whole program of not-very…

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…