News and music to start your week!

Musicologist Bonnie Gordon has a wonderful piece in The New York Times about the life and work of Barbara Strozzi, who turns 400 this year.  Strozzi, pictured above, was a renowned singer and prolific composer during the 17th century, and her work continues to be increasingly recognized.

Annea Lockwood offers a moving remembrance of Ruth Anderson’s work and legacy, titled “Hearing A Person” on NewMusicBox.  Anderson (1928-2019) “was a Professor Emeritus of Hunter College, CUNY, where she was the director of the Hunter College Electronic Music Studio from 1968 to 1979, the first operative electronic music studio in the CUNY system and one of the first in the USA to be founded and directed by a woman.”  Lockwood and Anderson were life partners for 46 years.

Katherine Hu, a student at Yale University, writes in the Opinion section of The New York Times about opera’s racism problem in opera.  Ms. Hu urges not to hide the shameful history, but instead to make audiences confront it.

The Guardian has their Classical CDs of the year – including Ista Kanneh-Mason’s album of works by Clara Schumann!

Learn about a new work from Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir at The Guardian.

And be sure to let us know your thoughts and ideas!