News to start your week!
Melanie Zeck, music librarian and historian at the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago, writes fro The Francisco Chronicle exploring the music of the African diaspora. Learn more about William Grant Still, Joseph Bologne (“Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges”), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and others. Read on about the music preserved by the CBMR, and their collaboration with The Dream Unfinished, here.
Electronic musician Joanne Pollock responded directly to a festival director who claimed that it’s not possible to have a festival with equal representation of works by men and women because female electronic musician’s “don’t exist.” Read the full story, and learn more about the continued willful blindness, at CBC News.
Congratulations to Rei Hotoda who was just named the new music director for the Fresno Philharmonic – and the first woman to hold the position. Learn more about Hotoda and her career at The Fresno Bee, and with the video below: