News and music to start your week!

With 2020 only a few days away, now is the time to grab your new WPA Calendar!  Newly revised and better than ever – featuring the birthdays of historic and contemporary composers, and celebrating the anniversaries of exceptional works in music history composed by women.

Speaking of exceptional works, read about the all-too-often forgotten opera by Pauline Viardot’s, Le Dernier Sorcier.  Viardot (pictured above) was a singer and composer who composed an opera based on strong women and working against the standard gender portrayals one expects in opera.  Read more at The Conversation.

The New York Times reviews the progress – painfully slow as it is – in Vienna for women to be inclusive in orchestral ensembles.

On our blog, Liane Curtis observes that critic Joshua Kosman’s overview of the 2019 season can be read as a tribute to the continuing influence of The Women’s Philharmonic

And learn about all of the commissioned works led by the Library of Congress in their new digital resource – the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive.  Though not an exhaustive resource, it is a wonderful testament to the work being done by the Library of Congress.  Learn more at the LC Blog – In the Muse.

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