Monday Link Round Up: December 10, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: December 10, 2018

News and music to start your week! Congratulations to Du Yun and Missy Mazzoli for their Grammy nominations in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category!  The Los Angeles Times has the full list of classical nominees, which also includes Laurie Anderson’s “Landfall” for Best Chamber Music. Read Joseph Horowitz’s article in the Weekly Standard about the ways in which orchestras can be humanities institutions in their communities – and how the organization Music Unwound is helping to partner orchestras and universities to create important programs and start conversations that highlight the diversity and range of representation in art music. Formed…

New Works this Weekend

There are lots of opportunities to hear works by contemporary women composers this weekend, and throughout the coming week!   On Sunday, May 21 the Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland, California will present Forbidden Voices, including June Bonacich’s Sorrow is a Willow Tree and a selection from Street Requiem, an enormous and internationally performed work composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, & Jonathan Welch that brings awareness to issues of homelessness.  Find out more information and tickets about this weekend’s concert here.   The American Composers Orchestra is presenting a concert titled Parables on Tuesday, May 23rd in New York City as part of Symphony Space’s Fuse…

Activism through Music

We’ve all heard that Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast (William Congreve) but music also has the power to incite action and raise awareness of critical issues in our society. Earlier this year we discussed The Dream Unfinished’s work, and the concert remembering and honoring the life of Sandra Bland and offering (from their website): musical tribute to black women impacted by racial injustice, and female activists and organizers of the historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements. The concert was a powerful and poignant event (read Liane Curtis’s review at The Music Intelligencer).  The spirit of activism through music is…

No Excuses Project

We are thrilled for the continued success – and social activism through music – of WPA Board Member, composer, conductor, and educator Kathleen McGuire.  We wrote last year about the premieres and acclaim that her collaborative project Street Requiem received in Texas as well as California (including a recent award from The American Prize).  Her new project, titled NO EXCUSES, is a collaboration with Christina Green focusing on the effects of domestic violence.  The work will receive its world premiere this weekend at the Big West Festival in Melbourne, Australia. This fantastic project has been co-sponsored by the Big West Festival and is supported by the Victorian Government…