Monday Link Round Up: May 14, 2018

News and music to start your week! In honor of Mother’s Day, WQXR has a series of conversations with women composers about motherhood.  Hear from Sarah Kirkland Snider, Valerie Coleman, and Marilyn Shrude here. Classical FM has a brief history of women gaining entry to professional orchestras.  Read on here. Congratulations to conductor Karina Canellakis who, at just 36 years old, was just named the next chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.  Read more at The New York Times. The New York Times also has a great piece about OrchKids – the free after-school program begun by Marin Alsop and…

Monday Link Round Up: April 23, 2018

News to start your week! The Guardian has a conversation with conductor Marin Alsop, who, it was just announced, will again be conducting in the 2018 Proms season. A new initiative created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras is working to create more racial diversity in American ensembles.  As the New York Times article explains, orchestras are among the least racially diverse workplaces in the United States, with African-American musicians only making up 1.8% of American orchestra performers. Conductor JoAnn Falletta has announced that she will be leaving the Virginia Symphony at…

Monday Link Round Up: January 29, 2018

News to start your week! Very exciting! Congratulations to Jennifer Higdon on winning two Grammy Awards last night!  Her Viola Concerto won “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” and she also brought home “Best Classical Compendium” for the recording of All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto, & Oboe Concerto.  Read the full list of winners at the New York Times. (and remember you read about Higdon’s Viola Concerto here first, as we reviewed the work in its March 2015 premiere tour!) Rob Deemer writes about his amazing (and still developing) Women Composers Database at New Music Box – discussing how it was created, how it can be…

Monday Link Round Up: September 25, 2017

News to start your week! The WQXR blog talks with JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony, about why it seems that professional orchestras actually play behind the conducted beat.  Read more here. In more conducting news, NPR’s Scott Simon sat in on a conducting class at The Peabody Institute taught by Marin Alsop.  Read here, or listen below, about his experience, and the great conversation he had with Alsop.  It’s worth following the link for a great video of Simon taking a turn with the baton! A scientist in the UK is turning the sounds of…