Monday Link Round Up: June 18, 2018

News and Music to start your week! A great new episode of Listening To Ladies is ready to educate, enlighten, and entertain!  The conversation with with Sakari Dixon Vanderveer.  Check out the website for more information, music, and links – and stream the episode below: The Guardian looks at a recent report that 95% of concerts performed by classical music organizations around the world completely ignore the work of women.  Mark Brown, Arts Correspondent, talks to composer Emily Hall, and Gabriella Di Laccio, the founder of the new organization Donne: Women and Music, about their work and the changes that they advocate.…

Composers You Should Know: Galina Ustvolskaya

Saturday, June 17, would have been the 98th birthday of Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006). Ustvolskaya studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and was a pupil of Shostakovich who was a champion for her works, even though her style evolved to be distinctly different from her mentor’s.  As a developing composer she had few opportunities to hear her works in performance.  However, there has been new interest in her unique approach in recent years outside of Russia. Known for unusual combinations of instruments, extreme dynamics, use of tone clusters, and repeated, homophonic blocks of sound, Ustvolskaya was reportedly called “the woman…

Works by Women at the 2016 BBC Proms

The most anticipated and celebrated summer festival each year — as well as one of the oldest, and longest, running from July to September.  The Proms always presents an interesting range of ensembles, conductors, soloists, and styles.  The 2016 season kicks off on Friday, July 15, demonstrating that this season is going to be much as last years.  Meaning:  what the Proms continues to be missing, like most music line-ups around the world, is equal representation (or something close to it).  Compared to last year the 2016 lineup is a bit – well – lacking.  Which isn’t to say that…

2015 Summer Festivals

Summer is official upon us – and so, too, is the summer festival season.  Here are some highlights of works by women that can be heard this year. The Aspen Music Festival will include works by Nina C. Young (winner of the 2014 Jacob Druckman Prize), Judith Shatin, Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, and Galina Ustvolskaya. Bard SummerScape will be offering the first fully staged performance Ethel Smyths The Wreckers to happen in the United States with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.  Read the press release for more information about this work and this historic, and long overdue, performance. Bravo!Vail will include Jennifer…