Update: Marin Alsop at Harvard

Update: The Harvard Review reports on the conversation with Alsop, as she received the distinguished Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award Original post:  Internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop will be at Harvard University on March 24 to receive the Luise Vosgerchian Teaching Award. That Alsop is being honored is no surprise.  Her innovative programming, educational and outreach efforts in Baltimore, and championing contemporary music with the Cabrillo Festival are all noteworthy.  She has also had the awkward-at-times honor of being the first woman to help open opportunities for others.   Her firsts include: First woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize from…

NEW DISCOVERIES of Florence Price's Music revealed in Arkansas Festival!!

The historic importance of Florence Price (1887–1953), as the first African American woman to have a Symphony performed by a major orchestra, has been recognized.  However, while she had some success in her lifetime, after she died very little of her music remained the performing repertoire. A few of her songs were known — after all she was championed by Marian Anderson  — but her orchestral music was unknown until the 2001 recording by The Women’s Philharmonic. Recently, progress has been made: two of her symphonies have been published, and conductor Mei Ann Chen has taken up Florence Price, performing her with…

Xian Zhang Featured in Article on Conductors

A New York Times article explores and explains the conductors job, how “he or she makes music’s meaning clear through body motion.” We are happy that Xian Zhang is included as one of seven conductors interviewed in the article, and featured with a photograph as well.   The article is fascinating, but I do wonder if a bit of gender bias played out in that Zhang’s professional role is not pointed out—we don’t learn about where she works or her title. The conductors were all interviewed  “as they passed through New York in recent seasons” and in Zhang’s case it was only mentioned that she was working with a…

Rochester PO Announces 2012-13 Season

The Rochester Philharmonic just announced its 2012-13 Season.  In his second season, Maestro Arild Remmereit will continue the orchestra’s exploration of great works by women, both historic and contemporary. As we mentioned in our earlier post, we are thrilled to see the orchestra making this commitment to women. Remmereit recently served as keynote speaker at the annual fundraising luncheon of the Susan B. Anthony House and Museum. Emphasizing his commitment to women composers, he stated that music “is a necessity and shouldn’t just be in the hands of very few.”  What GREAT NEWS!  Happy Women’s History Month, but also nice to think that women aren’t only for March…