New Works this Weekend

There are lots of opportunities to hear works by contemporary women composers this weekend, and throughout the coming week!   On Sunday, May 21 the Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland, California will present Forbidden Voices, including June Bonacich’s Sorrow is a Willow Tree and a selection from Street Requiem, an enormous and internationally performed work composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, & Jonathan Welch that brings awareness to issues of homelessness.  Find out more information and tickets about this weekend’s concert here.   The American Composers Orchestra is presenting a concert titled Parables on Tuesday, May 23rd in New York City as part of Symphony Space’s Fuse…

Works by Women this Weekend

There’s something for everyone with this weekend’s range of concerts happening across the country!   In Chicago the Chicago Sinfonietta offers a concert called More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists and Classical Music on March 25 & 27.  The program will include Jennifer Higdon’s Peachtree Street.  The concert will also feature guest conductor Michael Morgan and Guest Artist Sara Davis Buchner.  Learn more about each of the composers included on the program, and sample some of the music that will be heard, here.  Tickets and more information on the ensemble is  available here.   In New York City the American Composers Orchestra will offer…

New Music This Weekend

We are looking forward to another great weekend of concerts from WPA Performance Grant winners! On Friday, April 1 the American Composers Orchestra will present a concert of works inspired by Indian and Middle Eastern traditions.  Three World Premieres will be featured, including Avartan by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail.  Also being performed Friday is The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Gity Razaz.   On Saturday, April 2 the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) will present Ribbon Earth by contemporary American composer Kristin Kuster.  Learn more about the work here.

American Composers Orchestra World Premiere

The American Composers Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will feature the world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan on Thursday, April 9.  Bryan, who just completed her DMA in composition at Columbia, is an eclectic musician and composer, exploring different genres and styles of music – including jazz.  She was recently interviewed at All About Jazz. About the new work, Bryan said this: Sanctum(2015), for orchestra and recorded sound, explores the sound of improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions. I draw inspiration from Pastor Shirley Caesar’s 1973 recorded sermon, “The Praying Slave Lady,” about an enslaved woman protected from the slave master’s whips…