Monday Link Round Up: February 11, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: February 11, 2019

News and music to start your week! The Financial Times calls composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír “the most exciting force in Icelandic music since Björk”  but clearly she is a dynamic artistic figure outside of Icelandic music! The article looks at her life, music, current projects, and future aspirations (although it’s behind a paywall, so we are just reporting what we’ve heard …) Alondra de la Parra speaks to DW Akademie about her experiences as a conductor, and being on the receiving end of questions that “my male colleagues would never get asked.”  The interview was in anticipation of a new documentary soon…

Monday Link Round Up: December 31, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: December 31, 2018

  Wrap up the year with news and music from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy! If you haven’t already, be sure to grab your 2019 WPA Calendar – celebrating the lives and work of historic and contemporary women composers! NPR’s list of best classical albums of 2018 includes works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Alma Mahler, and Grażyna  Bacewicz.  Listen to some works from NPR’s list below:   2018 will be remembered as the year of the #MeToo movement – the effects of which have been felt throughout society, including in the world of classical music.  Yet, the fallout faced…

Monday Link Round Up: April 16, 2018

News to start your week! Congratulations are due to Jennifer Higdon who was awarded the Michael Ludwig Hemmers Prize in Music Composition.  The prize is given to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement “who have significantly influenced the field of composition.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer has more. It has been wonderful to see so much attention paid to the life and work of Florence Price in recent months and weeks.  This week it was announced that Price was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association – and organization she was denied admittance to during her lifetime because of her…

2017-18 Season: By the Numbers

Now that Labor Day, and the end of summer, has passed we are looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 concert season – and taking a critical look at what we can expect in the coming programming. We at WPA have been looking at the repertoire of major ensembles for a long time, and are thankful that more attention is being paid to the statistics – in particular with the diligent work that had been done in recent years by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Though we don’t have such an overreaching look as the work that was done at…