News and music to start your week!

Composers Now shared a feature on the life and work of Mary D. Watkins in their IMPACT series.  Watch the episode below:

The Boulanger Initiative had an exciting weekend at Strathmore with their WoCo Fest 2021!  Read about the concerts that took place featuring the works by, and several new commissions from, contemporary women composers in the DC Metro Theater Arts.

BBC News has a short conversation with Adrian Angelico, one of the few trans male opera singers actively performing.  He talks about his experiences performing in so called “trouser roles” earlier in his career, and how that experience helped him come to a better understanding about his gender identity.

This past week The New York Times reported that William Grant Still’s “Highway 1, U.S.A.” will receive a rare performance at Opera Theater of St. Louis.  The one-act opera was premiered in 1963.

Also in the New York Times, Zachary Woolfe writes in the Critics Corner that orchestras should look to the diverse group of assistant conductors when considering candidates to fill top positions.

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