News Round Up

Here are some headlines worth paying attention to: Though the LA Philharmonic didn’t promote Saariaho’s world premiere, it received an excellent review in the LA Times: The performance was strong. Dudamel remained constantly attuned to Saariaho’s vastly changeable instrumental colors, a cosmic sonic background for Finley, who handled each song with operatic intensity, part of a grand psychodrama of searching for meaning, for words that can obtain meaning through music but can also become emptied of meaning when sung. This is a profound, important work. The New York Times offered a profile of Susanna Malkki before her conducting debut at the New…

2010-2011 Repertoire Report

While our priority at the moment is to get the word out about our Performance Grants, we thought we might take a moment to reaffirm the need for those grants, by taking a close look at some data about what orchestras are programming.  In our work to level the playing field for works by women, we often turn to the repertoire reports that the League of American Orchestras assembles annually; they provide a summary of the progress that is being made (or not made).  These reports are valuable as they gather data from orchestras throughout the United States.  However, they are also…

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs 1873 Overture by Elfrida Andrée

In its three performances this weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra took a monumental step in bringing to light an 1873 Overture by Swedish composer Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929).  The concerts have been led by guest conductor Arild Remmereit. Devoted readers will remember that we honored Remmereit and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2012, for having programmed works by women in every concert that season, including some monumental works like Amy Beach’s Symphony.  We gave him and the RPO the AMY award in recognition of this brilliant programming and artistic excellence.  Remmereit continues this visionary work this weekend in…

Kudos to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra!

I recently wrote about the news from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra that they are making a concerted effort to include and recognize the contributions of women musicians in their 2011-2012 concert season.  Just days after the BSO news was announced, I learned that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is making similar strides in their programming.  The press release can be found here. It is notable that this is the inaugural season for the RPO’s new Music Director, Arild Remmereit.  Christopher Seaman, Remmereit’s predecessor, was not known to embrace works by women in his programming – according to the League of American…