Monday Link Round Up: November 5, 2018

News and music to start your week! The American Composers Orchestra blog, SoundAdvice, featured a conversation with Joan Tower last week in honor of their performance of her work, Chamber Dance.  The piece was included in a concert entirely of work by women composers titled “Phenomenal Women”.  Learn more about the event, which was held on Friday at Carnegie Hall, here. Nina Young was interviewed by SightLines about her new position as Assistant Professor of Composition and the Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the University of Texas’s Butler School of Music.  She’s also the first woman in the composition…

Grammy Nominations for Anna Clyne and Hilary Hahn

The list of 2015 Grammy nominations has been published – and Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds is in the running for Contemporary Classical Composition.  Her work shares the ballot with John Luther Adams (Become Ocean), George Crumb (Voices From The Heartland), Stephen Paulus (Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band), and Roberto Sierra (Sinfonia No. 4). Have a listen to the Chicago Symphony performing the nominated piece: I also recommend listening to this conversation between Clyne and soloist Jennifer Koh about the work:   Also nominated in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category is the recording of Hilary Hahn’s “27 Pieces”.  We wrote about this when the project…

Spring For Music and Melinda Wagner

The Spring for Music festival is a unique creation in that it’s mission is to foster innovative programming at affordable prices, and featuring a wide array of symphony and chamber orchestras. It is held annually at Carnegie Hall. In preperation for the 2011 Spring For Music festival, organizers will be hosting realtime conversations with composers who are having works featured in upcoming concerts. The first conversation was held today at noon and was led by Melinda Wagner. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be performing her Little Moonhead (inspired by Brandenburg No. 4) on May 6. Though the conversation is ended,…

Hilary Hahn Commissions New Works

Award winning violinist and former child prodigy, as well as active soloist, Hilary Hahn has recently announced a new project, commissioning 27 new encore pieces. The news was released on her professional website. Hahn reportedly sought to increase and diversify the encore pieces that are heard throughout concert halls, as well as introduce audiences to different composers. Hahn handpicked the composers for the project, and has revealed 26 – the final composer is going to be a surprise. Included in the list of composers were: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Lera Auerbach Tina Davidson Jennifer Higdon Bun-Ching Lam Michiru Oshima Gillian Whitehead Du…