500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today

500+ Operas by Women: Perform one today

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is happy to unveil our newly-updated database of 500+ Operas by Women! We invited Dr. Penny Brandt (one of the two noted scholars who worked on the update) to comment. “Why is nobody performing operas by female composers?”  asked ClassicFM, a UK-based Independent National Radio station with a popular website by the same name, in 2016. The question was a response to the New York Metropolitan Opera’s first production of an opera by woman since 1903:  which ran as part of the 2016–2017 season. “Damn good question,” I thought to myself as I read this and other…

BBC Proms 2019: By the Numbers

BBC Proms 2019: By the Numbers

Much has already been noted about the coming performances in the 2019 Proms Season – and the lack of women composers being represented.  Editorials appeared in The Guardian shortly after the 2019 Program was announced noting specifically that while the number of women being heard this year is impressive, it is still a far cry from equal representation.  Though the BBC Proms promised an equal number of commissions by the year 2022 they have not overtly discussed equal representation in programming overall. The first editorial noted that the total running time of performances by women this year will be about…

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,…

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

The Impact of The Women's Philharmonic: Pamela Wilson

We received this beautiful testimonial from Pamela Wilson a while — OK, over a year — ago. What a fantastic statement of the unexpected and ongoing resonances of The Women’s Philharmonic! Thank you, Pamela! Pamela Wilson works in advancement at Connecticut College and is the founder and director of the New London Drone Orchestra. The group performed in the 24 Hour Drone in Hudson, New York, April 28-29, 2018. Pamela also takes percussion lessons and plays in the College’s New Music Ensemble. As DJ Kitty Empire, she hosts a freeform music show on Sunday nights on WCNI-FM, where she also…