Monday Link Round Up: January 23, 2017

News to start your week! The arts community as a whole has much to be concerned about with the new administration.  The writers and musicians at NewMusicBox have decided to start the conversation about concerns, and what can be done about them, with their new series titled “Speak Out.”  (More explanation on the idea and intention here.)  The first two posts in the series are excellent – Meg Wolhite has an excellent piece on why now is the time to create, composer Kristin Kuster discusses how we move beyond worry, and composer Mohammad Fairouz writes about the role of composer has…

Works by Women in the 2016-2017 Season

There is no denying that the end of summer is upon us.  While that means students returning to classrooms, it also means that the 2016-2017 concert season is arriving, too!  Before we get all dressed up for Opening Night Galas, let’s have a look at what we can expect in the coming months. We have been keeping tabs on the repertoire performed by America’s most recognized and respected orchestras through the repertoire reports published by the League of American Orchestras.  Unfortunately this information, while hugely valuable, is also flawed.  It requires on ensembles to self-report (which some are more diligent…

New Music This Weekend

We are looking forward to another great weekend of concerts from WPA Performance Grant winners! On Friday, April 1 the American Composers Orchestra will present a concert of works inspired by Indian and Middle Eastern traditions.  Three World Premieres will be featured, including Avartan by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail.  Also being performed Friday is The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Gity Razaz.   On Saturday, April 2 the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) will present Ribbon Earth by contemporary American composer Kristin Kuster.  Learn more about the work here.