Start your week with our look at the news!
The Bard Music Festival transfixed us with its many amazing concerts, focusing on Nadia Boulanger and Her World. And while the live concerts are over, the preconcert lectures remain available, as is this panel discussion (featuring Festival Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Jeanice Brooks.) And we hope some of the concerts will eventually be made available on Bard’s Upstreaming site! AND you can buy the book!
On Classical Gabfest, Dr. Kendra Preston Leonard offers an alternative perspective on Nadia Boulanger and her influence, as she discusses myths and facades created by “Mademoiselle” and perpetuated by her most successful students.
ICYMI (and we missed it) — July 20 the Boston Globe’s A.Z. Madonna offered an insightful interview with composer Nkeiru Okoye.
Well, Good news — that Jennifer Higdon was featured on the BBC’s Composer of the week for July 30, 2021, but bad news for those of us in the US that the Podcast version is not available (and we did try some different platforms …) UPDATE: BUT the full series is available for a limited time — 1st of 5 episodes here.
The San Francisco Classical Voice announces that America’s Orchestras Get Serious About Diversity. We are glad that many are discovering this issue, but wonder that the article ignores that many have been working to expand the classical canon for decades.
Meanwhile, the conservative City Journal bemoans that classical music is destroying itself with this urge to diversify the repertoire. Obviously, we at Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy feel the opposite is true, the commitment to diversity is long overdue and will strengthen the Classical tradition.
Be sure to let us know what we missed! And what you are looking forward to in the coming weeks? firstname.lastname@example.org