News to start your week!
Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on the progress that has been made by trailblazers – like Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman. (Thea Musgrave also turned to the life of Harriet Tubman for an opera: Harriet, the Woman Called Moses.) We can also look to the future, and the work being done by ensembles like The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra.
BachTrack – which lists classical music concerts and festivals worldwide – had completed their 2017 wrap up. Their analysis of repertoire shares good insights – what works are performed in which countries (as to nationality and period), as well as statistics to gender. Though women have yet to crack into the top 100 most performed composers (no surprise there), the number of women in the top 100 most active conductors has risen from 1 in 2013 to five in 2017. Read more here.
The BBC Radio 3 will continue their tradition of honoring women composers on International Women’s Day (March 8) – and they are interested in including live performances this year! Read more here about how to have an opportunity to perform works by women composers on the air!
Learn more about the Canadian Women Composers Project, and their upcoming concert January 21, from founder Clarisse Tonigussi at the Vancouver Courier. Read more about the CWC Project, and their year long mission to bring performance of works by Canadian women to every province, on their website.