Monday Link Round Up: April 9, 2018

News to start your week! Don’t miss this great piece by Kendra Preston Leonard about the myths surrounding composer and pedagogue Nadia Boulanger!  Read on at Dr. Leonard’s website here. Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel writes about diversity in the American Orchestra repertoire at NewMusicBox, and how to correct the systemic imbalances.  Read his piece, Lift Every Orchestral Voice, here. CutCommon has an interview with composer Liza Lim, who just received the Don Banks Award to recognize her outstanding contribution to the Australian and international music communities. NPR reviews a new video released by violinist Olivia De Prato featuring Missy…

The Verdict is In!

There has been a recent buzz about the list of the world’s top symphonies that Gramophone has put together. It seems to have taken many classical music enthusiasts by surprise that the top American orchestra (listed as number five) is the Chicago Symphony. The Cleveland Orchestra is listed as number seven. The story and complete listings can be found via NPR here. The rankings were determined after polling music critics from the United States, Europe and Asia who were asked to list their top 20 orchestras. James Inverne, editor for U.S. Gramophone suggests that the difference between Chicago and the…