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…

Monday Link Round Up: March 11, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: March 11, 2019

Happy Women’s History Month, and we hope you had a great International Women’s Day! News and music to start your week! Go to the Washington Post to read Anne Midgette’s piece last week about International Women’s Day, the Boulanger Initiative, and the importance of representation of women in contemporary programming.  Then follow up with her review here. Vulture talks to Pinar Toprak, the first woman composer to score a film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe – her work is featured in the new Captain Marvel movie, which also shatters glass ceilings by casting the title role as female. Rian Evans…

Music to Love - Upcoming Concerts

Music to Love - Upcoming Concerts

February is bringing us a wonderful assortment of concerts!  Last weekend saw the performances of works by Joan Tower and Amy Beach by the Springfield Symphony (read an excellent review at MassLive), as well as Libby Larsen’s Symphony No. 4 by the California Chamber Orchestra. This weekend Orchestra Seattle | Seattle Chamber Singers will perform Lili Boulanger’s Psalm 129, as well as Karitas habundat by Hildegard von Bingen, as well as and the swallow by Caroline Shaw.  Read program notes here! Also this weekend Symphony of the Potomac will perform Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 in a concert that will also include…