Happy Women’s History Month, and we hope you had a great International Women’s Day! News and music to start your week!

Go to the Washington Post to read Anne Midgette’s piece last week about International Women’s Day, the Boulanger Initiative, and the importance of representation of women in contemporary programming.  Then follow up with her review here.

Vulture talks to Pinar Toprak, the first woman composer to score a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe – her work is featured in the new Captain Marvel movie, which also shatters glass ceilings by casting the title role as female.

Rian Evans reviews the International Women’s Day concert that took place at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff featuring works by Joan Tower, Clara Schumann,  and Florence Price.  Also Augusta Holmès’ 1876 symphonic poem Roland Furieux received its world premiere. Valentina Peleggi conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  You can read about it in The Guardian and hear the recording here on the BBC website until April 6.

Also in The Guardian is a review of an exciting new recording of chamber works by Welsh composer Grace Williams.  Links to Spotify audio included!

Sound and Music, the UK’s national organization for new music, has made a commitment to achieve gender parity in their programming by the year 2020.  Susanna Eastburn, their chief executive has an editorial discussing their progress towards that goal.

We can’t keep up with all the concerts that are talking place but here is one we wanted to be sure to mention:  The Austin Symphony will perform music by Fanny Mendelssohn, Lili Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Vítězslava Kaprálová, and Jennifer Higdon in their concert March 22-23.

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