Monday Link Round up: October 1, 2018

News to start your week?  But this last week was not just any week. For those in the US, the past week was something unique and critical.  On Thursday we listened to a woman’s account of a violent sexual attack that she experienced. And we heard men — angry, hostile men — say we should not be listening to her.  Given these tumultuous events, one might wonder, can we really be thinking about music now?  But I cannot help but interpreting the proceedings as having a metaphorical meaning for the status of music history and the classical canon.  After all,…

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…

Women at the 2015 Proms

  The 2015 Proms kicked off on Friday, July 17 with another full lineup of fabulous and engaging concerts ahead.  The role of women in music has been a hot topic in the London music scene this year, stemming largely from the popularity and publicity of BBC Radio 3’s women-only programming surrounding International Women’s Day.  (You can read Laura Seddon’s take on the efforts in her guest blog post here.)  As usual, the Proms programming includes a handful of contemporary women composers, and commissioned works. Two great pieces have already been heard: Anna Meredith’s Connect It, (a BBC Commission) was heard on July 18…