Monday Link Round Up: November 13, 2017

Monday Link Round Up: November 13, 2017

News to start your week! Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he will be retiring from the San Francisco Symphony.  The San Francisco Chronicle considers who should be given the post – and the importance of having a music director who values the works of women and people of color.   Perhaps the search committee in San Francisco will get some inspiration from this list of Female Conductors to Watch, put together by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.   Composer Hilary Purrington writes about her process of composition and revision of her third large work for orchestra, Likely Pictures…

Monday Link Round Up: November 6, 2017

Lots of news to start your week! Anne Midgette has an important piece in The Washington Post about the difficulties women composers continue to face in having their works heard, and new commissions awarded.  (There is funding out there, major orchestras just aren’t interested in using it.)  Read online here.   Ryan Ebright of The New York Times reviews a current production of an opera based on the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.  First premiered in 1947, music was written by Virgil Thompson with libretto by Gertrude Stein.  The Mother of Us All is distinctly different from so many beloved operas…

Monday Link Round Up: April 11, 2016

News to start your week!   Susanna Mälkki’s work continues to be recognized.  Not long ago she was named the new Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and just this week it was announced that she is the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Read the story at the Los Angeles Times, or read the press release at the LA Philharmonic website.   In more conducting news, Xian Zhang, who was recently named the first female Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony, is conducting the ensemble for the first time since the announcement.  (Her tenure doesn’t…

New Associate Conductor for LA Phil

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced that Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has been promoted from Assistant Conductor to Associate Conductor.  The LA Times has the story here. Gražinytė-Tyla, Lithuanian by birth, was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012-2013 season, after already making a name for herself by winning international conducting awards.  Her continued rise shouldn’t be shocking to anyone who has watched her developing career.  She has received praise from Alex Ross in The New Yorker when conducting the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, from Christopher Morley in the Birmingham Post when conducing the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK), from Melinda Bagreen in The Seattle…