Monday Link Round Up: January 21, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: January 21, 2019

News and music to start your week! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!  As we remember his life and tragic death, we also work towards a truly equal society.  Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater seems like an apt soundtrack for this deeply meaningful day: On a positive note, Perry is one of the previously neglected composers who is now finally beginning to gain recognition: A Far Cry (the acclaimed, Boston-based string ensemble) includes the Stabat Mater on their March 16 American Visions concert, and the Camellia Symphony (Sacramento, CA) will perform her Study for Orchestra on Feb. 16 The tragic Camp Fire that…

Rarely Heard Work in San Francisco this Weekend

The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to promoting and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identified (LGBTQ) musicians and composers toward the goal of broad crossover appeal and excellence in the performing arts. BARS is synonymous with excellence and distinction in the performing arts and community building. The BARS commitment to diverse and inclusive programming is unquestionable.  We’ve been delighted to support their excellent programming through Performance Grants.  The coming concert, which will take place on March 11, is a great example of the way that Dawn Harms, music director, skillfully curates each concert experience…

WPA President as Orchestral Cellist

“I’d like to play in that,” was my immediate reaction on hearing about the program planned for June 6, 2015, by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in San Francisco.   I’d been communicating with BARS about how to obtain the score and parts for Ethel Smyth’s monumental Serenade of 1889.  Part of WPA’s work is to help make orchestral works by women more readily available.  Smyth’s case, unfortunately, is typical:  even for a composer whose name is well-known, it can be difficult or even impossible to obtain the performance materials.  When I learned that BARS (a community orchestra) would perform the…