Monday Link Round Up: January 11, 2016

News to start your week! The Other Mozart, the play about Mozart’s sister Nannerl which we have written about before, was presented in Houston.  You can read the review here.   The Brighton Festival has announced that Laurie Anderson will be Guest Director for the 2016 – the Festival’s 50th season.  More information here.   And though she was not a musician, it is great to see that the Google Doodle for today features suffragette Alice Paul in honor of her 131st birthday.  If you missed it, check out the doodle (and the archive of past doodles) here, and learn…

Monday Link Round Up: September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day, everyone!  As we pause to reflect on the history of American workers – let’s take some time to be grateful for women’s work in music in particular. In honor of again conducting the final night of the BBC Proms, Marin Alsop was interviewed by The Guardian – she talks about being the first (and second) woman to conduct the final night of the Proms, the “woman conductor” question, and how to move forward from here.  Read it for yourself. NPR covered a new finding related to Mildred Hill’s most famous tune – “Happy Birthday To You”. The Women…

Nannerl Mozart, No Longer Forgotten

The Other Mozart Written by Sylvia Milo Sylvia Milo as Nannerl Mozart Directed by Isaac Byrne Review of performance July 8, 2014 at HERE Arts Center in New York City The Other Mozart tells an archetypical story—of musical brilliance, ambition, dedication and talent—thwarted by oppressive and insurmountable societal factors. This vividly dramatized portrayal of Maria Anna (nicknamed Nannerl) Mozart, is a story of ambition thwarted and talent crushed.  Through Nannerl’s eyes we get a glimpse of what might have been—but wasn’t.  That Nannerl, like her younger brother Wolfgang, was a precocious talent is clear. But she faced limitations from earliest childhood, specifically because…

New Film About Mozart's Sister

I just saw the new trailer for the film, titled Mozart’s Sister, yesterday – and today NPR’s classical music blog Deceptive Cadence discussed the film and the how little is really known about the life and music of the “other” Mozart. Here’s the official trailer for the film: It has opened (in limited release), and I’m anxious to find a theater in my area that will be presenting it. Though surely flawed, as almost all films of this nature are, it will undoubtedly provide a better insight into who Nannerl was and the forces that she had to work against…