Monday Link Round Up: November 26, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: November 26, 2018

News and music to start your week! Funny thing – as more women musicians are being asked to listicle their favorite pieces, more works by women are being noted and gaining some much deserved attention.  Take, for example, the recent article in The Guardian by saxophonist Jess Gillam who includes in her top five classical pieces Nocturne by Dobrinka Tabakova, as well as Night Ferry by Anna Clyne. Also in The Guardian is an editorial by Harriet Harman on why she championed programming a season at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with fully half of the composers being women. Kendra Leonard writes…

Coming Concerts

Two more great events to look forward toward this weekend from WPA Performance Grant winners!! The Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, under the direction of Anna Edwards, will perform American composer Margaret Brouwer’s Sizzle.  The piece was originally commissioned by The Women’s Philharmonic as part of The Fanfares Project and was premiered in 2000.  Read more about the piece on Brouwer’s website, and find out more about the performances this weekend (on October 29 and 30th) here.  Get a taste of what’s in store with this recording of the work by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:     On Friday, October 28 the…

Summer with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Summer with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

That Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra has an exciting summer season of concerts planned is no surprise – after all, their tagline is: “Performing diverse music for chamber orchestra.”  That diversity is represented in creative and innovative programming that shares with their audiences works that are not typically heard. The LSCO, which is now in it’s 29th season, was established to provide high quality concerts in the summer months.  Under the direction of Warren Friesen the ensemble has thrived and drawn a wide and diverse audience from in and around the Duluth, MN area.  We at WPA are proud that the LSCO was…

2014 BBC Proms

The 2014 BBC Proms kicked off on Friday, July 18, with another very full roster of concerts carrying through September 13.  This cultural treasure has been a staple of the British musical landscape since 1895, often featuring the works of UK composers, actively commissioning new music, and introducing a diverse audience to innovative programs and new composers and compositions. A look through the 2014 lineup reveals six works by women composers—which is six more than  most major American orchestras can manage to fit into an entire concert season! The first concert with a work by a woman was yesterday evening.  The World Orchestra…