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…

Monday Link Round Up: April 18, 2016

Some news to start your week!   The big news this weekend was that James Levine is stepping down from the Met.  Anne Midgette talks about why a new conductor is long overdue – and WQXR speculates on who will fill the role.  (Spoiler: no one is being on a woman taking the baton.)   Composer Kate Soper won the Virgil Thomson award in vocal music, and the praise of Augusta Read Thomas.  Read more at The New York Times blog.   Negin Khpalwak, the first Afghan woman to conduct an orchestra, is receiving more well-deserved attention!  Follow this link to watch a video of…

Celebrating 75 Years at Tanglewood

The annual Tanglewood Festival hosts thousands of concert goers each year, drawn to the beautiful scenery and amazing music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.  Over the past 75 years, the Tanglewood Music Center has also drawn devotees annually – but as students and faculty, eager to learn, engage, and explore a range of established classics and new additions to the repertoire. In honor of this celebration year, 35 new works have been commissioned from composers who all have a connection to Tanglewood.  Included are: Yi Yiing Chen – Forest Labyrinth Helen Grime – Embrace Betsy Jolas – Rambles thru 44: The Mysterious Stranger…

New Choral Commissions!

In honor of their 25th anniversary season, the New York Virtuoso Singers have commissioned 25 new choral works from American composers. Thirteen of the new pieces will be premiered in NYC on March 3rd, including works by: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Augusta Read Thomas Thea Musgrave Joan Tower The other 12 commissioned works were premiered in October and included pieces by: Jennifer Higdon Shulamit Ran Chen Yi Here’s a review  of the October concert.  And we can all look forward to the recordings  that will be produced by Soundbrush Records. Here’s video of the October performance of Chen Yi’s “Let’s Reach…