News and music to start off your YEAR!

We are so excited for the upcoming premiere of Gabriella Smith’s first symphony!.  Smith, pictured above, was commissioned by the Santa Rosa and Eugene Symphonies for the work, titled One, and which will receive its world premiere on January 8.  Learn more, and read the program notes, at the Santa Rosa Symphony Website.

Conductor Susanna Mälkki has been touring the world in recent years, receiving high praise wherever she picks up her baton.  The New York Times spoke with her as speculation rises of a permanent American appointment.

The Guardian spoke to Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv as she prepares to take the baton at the Teatro Communale opera house in Bologna – the first woman to conduct at an Italian opera house.

Conductor Mélisse Brunet was interviewed by Greenwich Time as she prepared to lead the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra.  Brunet also serves as director of orchestral studies at the University of Iowa’s School of Music, and the music director fo the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The New York Times spoke with composer Jeanine Tesori who has spent her career working on Broadway.  Her most recent work is as co-creator of “Caroline, or Change” which is receiving critical acclaim.

In recent years there has been a continued discussion in the world of classical music of how ensembles should be changing to become more inclusive and accessible,  This week Strings Magazine added their thoughts, in a piece written for ensemble musicians.

The Conversation brings to light the work being done by progressive ensembles to address the history of colonialism.  Specifically, the ways in which the ultimate Christmas piece – Handel’s Messiah – has taken on new languages and forms in recent years.  Read the story, or listen in, at the link above.

Were women composers part of your New Year’s Eve festivities?  What are you looking forward to for 2022?   Let us know! [email protected]