Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

News and music to start your week! WQXR often posts listicles of note – this week they shared again their list of 12 Romantic Composers Not Named ‘Liszt’ or ‘Brahms’.  Included are: Louise Farrenc, Clara Schumann, Augusta Holmès, Teresa Carreño, Cecile Chaminade, and Dora Pejačević. Last week we shared our findings in the 2019-2020 concert season data we collected.  In a stroke of coincidental timing, conductor Jordan Randall Smith wrote about the value in programming works by women composers, and how there is no excuse not to. We’re delighted to hear that pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (pictured above) will be recording an album…

Composers You Should Know: Louise Farrenc

Today (May 31) is the 213th birthday of composer, educator, and virtuosic pianist Louise Farrenc (1804-1875). A celebrated composer in her time, she was the student of Muzio Clementi and Anton Reicha.  She had tremendous support of her family, which led to an extensive touring career, an appointment of Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatory (where she taught for an outstanding 30 years), and many publications in her lifetime.  Among her works are many pieces for piano, three symphonies, two overtures, and several celebrated pieces for chamber ensembles.  Her compositions were known during her lifetime, and received the praise of many critics…

Concerts of Old and New Music

We’re always thrilled to share announcements of coming concerts featuring works by women composers!  This week we are especially thrilled to see two ensembles who are embracing contemporary and historic composers in their performances. The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will be performing at an Alumni Even in Chicago on January 21 and at the college on January 24.  Every work on the program was composed by a woman.  The pieces include Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song, and Nkeiru Okoye’s Songs of Harriet Tubman and Invitation to a Die-In.  We at WPA are thrilled to support this concert in part through a…

Music All Weekend

We continue to march on towards the end of the 2015-2016 concert season, and this weekend is full of concerts featuring works by women composers.  We are also proud that we were able to support so many great ensembles – from coast to coast – with WPA Performance Grants.     The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Sarah Hicks, is offering two opportunities to hear Missy Mazzoli’s Holy Roller – Friday (May 13) and Saturday (May 14).  Tickets and information available here.     The Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Dr. Teresa Metzler Howe, is presenting their Spring Concert…