CD Review: Ruth Lomon, Shadowing

While we rarely publish CD reviews on our blog, we decided it was important to give coverage to a recent CD by composer Ruth Lomon.  Ruth’s music ranges from expressive and lyrical to electrifyingly engaging.  But not only that, Ruth has always been seriously dedicated to promoting the work of other women composers, through projects such as pioneering work (in the 1970s and 80s) with American Women Composers, Inc. (which in 1995 became part of the IAWM) of researching repertoire and organizing concerts and conferences, to her more recent work of orchestrating the Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke (info here,…

Podcast Episode 02: "It's about friggin' time!" -- Met Opera performs work composed by a woman

Happy New Year!  Without a doubt, one of 2016’s most exciting music events was the performance of Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.  Our very first podcast offered some insiders’ ideas about the production. Now, in our second podcast, composer Milica Paranosic goes “on the scene” at Lincoln Center (at the Dec. 24 matinee) to report on audience members’ ideas about and responses to the opera.  One theme that emerges is that opera-goers emphatically want to hear more than just the same old “standards” — there’s a real craving for new works!  Another frequent response is…

"Figaro Gets a Divorce" -- new opera a triumph in Wales!

Composer Elena Langer has achieved a brilliant success as she “completes” the Figaro “trilogy” for Welsh National Opera.  Complementing Mozart’s “Marriage” and Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Langer’s “Figaro Gets a Divorce” brings us the beloved characters down the road form the “Marriage”s happy ending, in this opera “which is part comedy, part political thriller.” If you can get to Wales, the final performance is April 7!  Here is a small taste in  WNO’s official trailer. And here are some excerpts from the critical response, all of which make us hope that “Figaro Gets a Divorce” will be performed again soon! From The Reviews…

Featured Guest Blogger: Virginia Eskin reviews new book on Bauer Sisters

Today’s Featured Guest Blogger is the renowned pianist, educator and radio journalist Virginia Eskin.  A Boston and New Hampshire resident, Eskin is a long-time champion of the works of American and European women composers.  She was the first to record many important works by composers including Amy Beach, Rebecca Clarke and Marion Bauer.  She created and hosted  the radio program “First Ladies of Music,” winner of the Clarion Award award in 2007 ; it was broadcast on over 100 public radio stations around the world.   She is adjunct professor at Keene State College, which in 2009 awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters…