The First Recording of Ethel Smyth’s <em>The Prison</em>

The First Recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison

         We welcome our Featured Guest Blogger  Dr. Amy Zigler back to share her recent experience! The Recording of Ethel Smyth’s The Prison by James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra, with Sarah Brailey, soprano, Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, Steven Fox and the Clarion Choir, and Blanton Alspaugh and Brandon Johnson of Soundmirror. 14-15 February 2019. “…I wanna be in the room where it happens…” - Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda As a historical musicologist, I don’t often have the opportunity to be “in the room where it happens”. But that is the line that popped in my head last week. Few…

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…

Monday Link Round Up: April 24, 2017

News to start your week! We celebrated Dame Ethel Smyth’s birthday this weekend!  Don’t miss the guest blog by Dr. Amy Ziegler and the new recording of Symth’s work.   The BBC.com Culture column recognized the life and work of composer, conductor, and music educator Nadia Boulanger.  Be sure to read the article, titled The Greatest Music Teacher Who Ever Lived.   Fran Hoepfner writes about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel at The Awl in her Classical Music Hour with Fran.  The article is a great introduction to the life and work of the “other” Mendelssohn – including a fantastic playlist.  Read more here.…

Happy Birthday, Dame Ethel Smyth! Celebrating a New Recording

Featured Guest Blogger: Dr. Amy Zigler In celebration of Dame Ethel Smyth’s 159th birthday, we present a detailed review of the first ever recording of Smyth’s opera The Boatswain’s Mate, which was released last fall by Retrospect Opera.  Dr. Amy Zigler is a noted authority on Smyth (and Assistant Professor of Music at Salem College) and we are happy to have her return as a featured guest blogger. Her previous blog, a review of an exciting performance of Smyth’s The Wreckers is here.        Retrospect Opera is dedicated to this essential project: “to allow people to hear great British operas that…