Monday Link Round Up: August 8, 2016

News to start your week: Elizabeth Blair – herself a composer, activist, and writer – has a fantastic interview with composer Lisa Coons available to read now at VAN Magazine. Frank Oteri at New Music Box has an interview with American composer Eleanor Cory.  Read the full conversation online here, and watch the video below:   Last year we followed the story of British student Jessy McCabe as she fought for the inclusion of works by women composers in her A-level music curriculum.  We were inspired by her story, and her success – and now we are excited by the…

Celebrating New Music and Marin Alsop at Cabrillo

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music begins on July 31.  This annual event is always worth anticipating and hugely rewarding – but this year is particularly special as it is Marin Alsop’s last at the helm.  Alsop is stepping down after 25 years as artistic director and leading the festival to ever new and exciting heights. The 2016 Festival includes the work of two well-recognized and highly admired contemporary women: Jennifer Higdon and Anna Clyne. Higdon’s Violin Concerto will receive its West Cost premiere on August 12.  Justin Bruns will be soloist.  The concerto, which was written for Hilary Hahn,…

Monday Link Round Up: July 25, 2016

News to start your week! ICYMI, Philip Clark shared his thoughts in The Guardian in a blog post titled “Where have the great composers gone?”  His thesis is, essentially, that contemporary music doesn’t compare to composers like Britten, Tippet, Davies, and Birswistle.  You can read the full piece here.  What’s most important about this piece is the other responses it has solicited. Susanna Eastburn, the chief executive of Sound and Music, “the UK’s leading organization for new music”, shared her response as an op-ed in The Guardian.   Joshua Mosman, of the San Francisco Chronicle also responded.   It is Marin Alsop’s 25th…

Monday Link Round Up: November 23, 2015

Some news to start your week! It was announced earlier this year that the coming Cabrillo Festival will be Marin Alsop’s last.  NewMusicBox has a great piece on how the festival has evolved during Alsop’s tenure – read more here.   The Meet the Composer podcast, done by Nadia Sirota and presented by WQXR has presented fascinating conversations with some of the greatest living composers – including Kaija Saariaho, Meredith Monk, and Caroline Shaw.  The Guardian introduced readers to Sirota and explains why you should listen – if you don’t already.   Though we primarily discuss composers, conductors, and musicians, we can’t forget the monumental…