Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

News and music to start your week! History was made at the Philadelphia Orchestra when they performed Umoja by Valerie Coleman –  the first classical work by a living African American woman that they have every performed.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After last year’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, several composers responded to the allegations of sexual harassment through music. Kenji Bunch, artistic director of the Portand (OR)-based new music ensemble called “Fear No Music”, proposed the idea and was joined by Daniel Felsenfeld and Andrea Reinkemeyer.  The concert launched a season of works that will all…

New Work by Mary Watkins

The National Women’s Music Festival is well underway in Middleton, Wisconsin.  The coming weekend will bring a full schedule of concerts, workshops, and opportunities to learn, share, and enjoy music by women in virtually every genre. It’s no surprise that the event we are looking forward to the most is the performance by the National Women’s Music Festival Orchestra, which will be presenting a stunning concert on Saturday, July 2! The concert will include “Juba Dance” from Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1, the Fourth Movement from Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No 3, and two works by Alice Gomez – Pyramid of the Sun and Festive Huapango.  Yet,…

Much to Celebrate at National Women's Music Festival!

The 41st annual National Women’s Music Festival is taking place June 30-July 3 in Middleton, WI.  Each year the Festival celebrates women’s work across musical genres with exciting performances and workshops.  We are especially excited this year to support the National Women’s Music Festival Orchestra with a WPA Performance Grant in the commissioning of a new work by Mary Watkins. The NWMF Orchestra will premiere the work on Saturday, July 2 under the direction of long-time advocate for the work of women composers,  Nan Washburn.  Throughout her career, Washburn has been a clear and distinct voice for music by women –  as…