Monday Link Round Up: March 13, 2017

News to start your week! In line with the conversations that have been taking place in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, The Guardian has a fantastic op-ed by Susanna Eastburn, head of Scotland’s Sound and Music, about why women are worthy of inclusion.  She argues, it’s not about Tokenism – it’s about Talent.  Read on here   Speaking of International Women’s Day, Alex Ross chose that day to feature Do You Be by Meredith Monk on his blog.   Fanny Mendelssohn’s Easter Sonata for piano, which was lost and then misattributed to her brother, Felix, has finally been premiered under her name!  The…

Fanny Hensel at the Ballet

“Fanny for ballet!!” read the text message. I blinked and did a double-take at the accompanying photo. Indeed, selections of Fanny Hensel’s “Das Jahr” — The Year — a cycle of piano pieces composed in 1841, were the music for a new ballet, “Her Notes,” chorographed by Jessica Lang and being premiered by the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. How exciting to think of Hensel’s powerful piano music being used as the basis of an expressive dance work.  In a video about the making of “Her Notes,” Lang explains “when I hear music, I see movement, and when…

Monday Link Round Up: August 22, 2016

News to start your week! The Fall 2016 edition of The Kapralova Society newsletter is now available to download!  Articles include a conversation with conductor Odaline de la Martinez and an analysis and comparison of the work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.  Get this issue, and back issues, on The Kapralova Society website.   Bitch Magazine, which offers a feminist response to pop culture, has an interview with composer Courtney Bryan. The conversation was inspired by Bryan’s commissioned work for The Dream Unfinished in support of #BlackLivesMatter.  Read more here.   Jazz pianist and composer Connie Crothers has died.  The New…

Amy Beach at Bar Harbor Music Festival

This year celebrates the 49th season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival.  The 2015 season, which runs from June 28 to July 26, includes a huge variety of music styles with something to inspire virtually any concertgoer.  Their innovative and inclusive programming of works by women composers was recognized with a 2014 Performance Grant. The 2015 festival program features the work of historic women in two concerts.  Tonight, July 8th, the festival presents the 32nd Annual New Composers Concert titled, “Our Voice: American Art Songs from the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century.”  Daniel Neer, baritone, will be performing a variety of American…