Yale Symphony Orchestra

Yale Symphony Orchestra

The concert will include Joan Tower’s Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Augusta Read Thomas’s Brio, Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America.

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

By Chris A. Trotman, WPA’s Director of Music Publications. Thank you to composer Dosia McKay (@dosiamckay) for sharing her photo of the event (Tower, left, and Léon) During the 2019 League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I had the privilege of attending a discussion and Q/A session with composer-conductor-pianist-educators Joan Tower and Tania Léon.  Tower was the recipient of the LAO Gold Baton Award, and the Nashville Symphony performed her Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (a title deliberately referencing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man)!  Léon is also a well-known, very successful composer, conductor, performer and educator,…

Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Joan Tower Honored by League of American Orchestras

Congratulations to Joan Tower who will be awarded the Golden Baton at this year’s League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, TN (June 3-5)!  The Golden Baton is organization’s highest honor. One of Tower’s most well known works, Made in America, was commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras throughout the country through the League of American Orchestra’s Ford Made in America project.  The resulting piece remains the largest orchestra commissioning consortium in the United States. The Golden Baton  was first established in 1948 and is given in recognition of distinguished service to America’s orchestras, either to individuals or institutions “whose…