Monday Link Round Up: June 12, 2017

News to start your week!   Melanie Zeck, music librarian and historian at the Center for Black Music Research in Chicago, writes fro The Francisco Chronicle exploring the music of the African diaspora.  Learn more about William Grant Still, Joseph Bologne (“Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges”), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and others.  Read on about the music preserved by the CBMR, and their collaboration with The Dream Unfinished, here.   Electronic musician Joanne Pollock responded directly to a festival director who claimed that it’s not possible to have a festival with equal representation of works by men and women because female electronic musician’s “don’t…

Florence Price and the Chicago Symphony Are Reunited—by Mei-Ann Chen

On the cusp of Black and Women’s History Months, we’re celebrating that 80 years after her orchestral debut Florence Beatrice Price is currently making a comeback on the concert stage—thanks in no small part to conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Chen, maestro of both the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta performed Price’s The Oak as part of a January tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King on the occasion of national remembrances of his birthday. Then, in February, she took the podium to guest-conduct the San Diego Symphony in a performance of Price’s 30-minute tone poem Mississippi River. The latter serves as…