2017-18 Season: By the Numbers

Now that Labor Day, and the end of summer, has passed we are looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 concert season – and taking a critical look at what we can expect in the coming programming. We at WPA have been looking at the repertoire of major ensembles for a long time, and are thankful that more attention is being paid to the statistics – in particular with the diligent work that had been done in recent years by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Though we don’t have such an overreaching look as the work that was done at…

Monday Link Round Up: February 1, 2016

Some news to start your week! Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post, contributed to this month’s Opera News to discuss the ways in which topics of gender and race are handled – or not – in current opera productions.  This comes after the Met ended the tradition of using blackface in Otello and recent conversations surrounding The Mikado and the depiction of Asian characters by white actors.  Read Kennicott’s full piece here.   The Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute concert took place on Friday, January 29th, featuring the work of seven rising composers, including Kirsten Broberg and Emily Cooley.  Minnesota Public Radio spoke with…

2015-2016 Season Highlights

The 2015-2016 concert season is now underway for ensembles across the United States – which means it’s also time to take a look at the orchestral repertoire that is being performed. As we wait for the official repertoire reports from the League of American Orchestras (which, unfortunately, will be a while – the last available reports are from the 2010-2011 concert season) we took a look at what some of the most highly regarded ensembles in the United States are performing this year.  (We used the same list of ensembles that the Baltimore Orchestra used for their infographic published last year and followed…

2014 Cabrillo Festival

In the latest edition of works by women at a Festival near you, the 2014 Cabrillo Festival will begin this weekend in Santa Cruz, California.  The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, which was founded in 1962, has been under the baton of Artistic Director Marin Alsop since 1992.  Alsop has helped bring many new works by women to listeners’ ears at the two-week long festival.  This year Cabrillo will feature six works by contemporary women. Today, July 30, the three students selected for the Conductors/Composers workshop will have their new works heard in a free concert.  One of the students selected for this…