Monday Link Round Up: February 1, 2016

Some news to start your week! Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post, contributed to this month’s Opera News to discuss the ways in which topics of gender and race are handled – or not – in current opera productions.  This comes after the Met ended the tradition of using blackface in Otello and recent conversations surrounding The Mikado and the depiction of Asian characters by white actors.  Read Kennicott’s full piece here.   The Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute concert took place on Friday, January 29th, featuring the work of seven rising composers, including Kirsten Broberg and Emily Cooley.  Minnesota Public Radio spoke with…

2015-2016 Season Highlights

The 2015-2016 concert season is now underway for ensembles across the United States – which means it’s also time to take a look at the orchestral repertoire that is being performed. As we wait for the official repertoire reports from the League of American Orchestras (which, unfortunately, will be a while – the last available reports are from the 2010-2011 concert season) we took a look at what some of the most highly regarded ensembles in the United States are performing this year.  (We used the same list of ensembles that the Baltimore Orchestra used for their infographic published last year and followed…