News to start your week!
This year, 2017, is an important celebration year for Amy Beach and Teresa Carreño. A conference is being organized to celebrate their lives and works, and the conference organizers are seeking calls for papers and for performances. Scholarly works, as well as lecture-recitals, that discuss the role of American (North, Central, and South) women in music are welcomed – but the deadline is April 1! Learn more about the coming conference and call for papers here.
The Atlantic Journal-Constitution introduces readers to Orchestra Noir – a classically trained ensemble comprised entirely of black performers, based in Atlanta, Georgia. The ensemble, founded and led by Jason Ikeem Rodgers, strives to bring classical music to diverse audiences, and to highlight the important diversity in the history of classical music.
Justin Davidson of Vulture looks at how the concerto has evolved over time, looking at four contemporary examples. Notably, he discusses Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Lera Auerbach NYx, premiered by the New York Philharmonic. Read on here.
Musicologist David Skinner writes on www.classical-music.com about the way that King Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, used music in the King’s propaganda wars. A fascinating piece about the combining of Parr’s words with Tallis’ music. Read on here.
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