Monday Link Round Up: February 27, 2017

News to start your week! The Oscars happened Sunday night – and Mica Levi was nominated for best film score for Jackie.  In recognition of her nomination, The New Yorker has a profile of the musician and composer. Also in The New Yorker, Alex Ross explores Kate Soper’s new work and “philosophy-opera” Ipsa Dexit which was recently presented by Wet Ink (a contemporary music ensemble) in New York City.  Read on about this complex and sophisticated work here. Women’s History Month is quickly approaching, and with it comes the Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  The lineup this year of performers, presenters, and composers…

Monday Link Round Up: April 18, 2016

Some news to start your week!   The big news this weekend was that James Levine is stepping down from the Met.  Anne Midgette talks about why a new conductor is long overdue – and WQXR speculates on who will fill the role.  (Spoiler: no one is being on a woman taking the baton.)   Composer Kate Soper won the Virgil Thomson award in vocal music, and the praise of Augusta Read Thomas.  Read more at The New York Times blog.   Negin Khpalwak, the first Afghan woman to conduct an orchestra, is receiving more well-deserved attention!  Follow this link to watch a video of…

Kate Soper's "Here Be Sirens" Back in NYC

Singer and composer Kate Soper’s recent work Here Be Sirens is being brought back to Morningside Opera.  The first set of performances was last weekend (September 5-6), but will be repeated this weekend (September 12-13). The work, which was premiered in January to excellent reviews, explores the history and myth of muses and sirens and explores contemporary composition in a three-woman production. The world premiere of Soper’s now is forever for Voice and Orchestra, commissioned and performed by the American Composers Orchestra received a 2012 WPA Performance Grant. Watch the original promotional video for Here Be Sirens below: