Project W by the Chicago Sinfonietta -- CD Review by Quinn Mason

Project W by the Chicago Sinfonietta -- CD Review by Quinn Mason

We’ve followed the important work of the Chicago Sinfonietta for many years (for instance, here is our 2013 interview with their music director, Mei Ann Chen) and are happy to present a review of their latest CD, reviewed by Quinn Mason.  Quinn’s previous post for us was “On Diversity in Music.” Cedille Records has recently released Project W, a showcase of music composed by diverse women composers and performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta and their music director, Mei-Ann Chen. All of the compositions (except the Florence Price) on the CD are commissions from Chicago Sinfonietta and all were performed in…

Monday Link Round Up: September 9, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 9, 2019

News and music to start your week! The topic of women’s bodies – and body shaming – is not new to the world of classical music, and opera in particular. In recent news, soprano Kathryn Lewek received more words on her body in a review than about her actual performance.  Read more at BBC News and The Guardian. Lewek has employed the power of social media — her own Twitter feed – to fight back against the unfair attacks. Read more thoughts about inclusivity and the opera stage with an interview with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton at The Guardian.  “The American…

Monday Link Round Up: August 6, 2018

News to start your week! What better way to tackle the new week than a fantastic conversation?  Elizabeth Blair speaks with Emily Doolittle in the most recent episode of Listening to Ladies.  Learn more at the website, with lots of links and music, stream the episode through your favorite podcast app, or in the player below! Calls for Participation are open for the 2019 Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  There are seeking compositions for the Ensemble-In-Residence, composers & performers for the annual Music Marathon, and presenters & performers for the Women Composers Forum.  Learn more at their website – and…

Dora Pejačević -- another composer whose time has come?

With two upcoming performances of music by Dora Pejačević taking place in the next few weeks, we wonder if this remarkable but little-known composer, who was writing powerful orchestral works a century ago, is finally ready for rediscovery.  [Wondering how to pronounce Pejačević?] A recipient of our Performance Grant, the Willamette Falls Symphony, will be performing Pejačević’s brilliant Overture for Large Orchestra in d-minor, Op.49, this Sunday Feb. 18.   Performances in the US of Pejačević’s music are rare in the US, but Youtube offers the opportunity to hear the brash, colorful Overture, recorded in the composer’s homeland, Croatia, and also in Japan.…