Monday Link Round Up: February 13, 2017

News to start your week! Helen Grime, who is currently serving as the Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence, spoke with The Guardian about what she likes, and loves, about music.  And stay tuned for more information about the March 3 premiere of her new Piano Concerto.   The Smithsonian Magazine has a fantastic article on Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield – born around 1820 as a slave in Mississippi, she went on to become an opera singer, and the nation’s first Black pop star.   Though we are finding more equal grounds throughout every section of the orchestra, there are still barriers in the brass section.…

Monday Link Round Up: July 25, 2016

News to start your week! ICYMI, Philip Clark shared his thoughts in The Guardian in a blog post titled “Where have the great composers gone?”  His thesis is, essentially, that contemporary music doesn’t compare to composers like Britten, Tippet, Davies, and Birswistle.  You can read the full piece here.  What’s most important about this piece is the other responses it has solicited. Susanna Eastburn, the chief executive of Sound and Music, “the UK’s leading organization for new music”, shared her response as an op-ed in The Guardian.   Joshua Mosman, of the San Francisco Chronicle also responded.   It is Marin Alsop’s 25th…

Monday Link Round Up: July 18, 2016

News to start your week!   New Music Box has the fellows and finalists of the New York Foundation of the Arts Artists’ Fellowship Program – including Lisa Bielawa, Du Yun, Stephanie Griffin, Sarah Hennies, Molly Herron, and Angelica Negrón.  Read more here.   Patti Niemi, percussionist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, has a new memoir about her experiences as a professional musician titled Sticking it Out.  She spoke with Sam Briger on Fresh Air.  Read the transcript here, or listen to the conversation below:   There is now funding in Britain to encourage orchestras to perform works by contemporary British composers.…

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…