Monday Link Round Up: September 24, 2018

News and music to start your week! WFAE spoke to Nkieru Okoye who was commissioned to compose a new work for The Charlotte Symphony to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding!  Read the interview, or listen in at the WFAE website. Huge news from the Metropolitan Opera which, for the first time in history, is commissioning new operas by women composers. Missy Mazzoli has been approached to write an opera based on George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo.  The Met will also perform Jeanine Tesori’s opera Grounded.   What a difference new artistic leadership makes!  Read more at The New York Times.…

Monday Link Round Up: December 5, 2016

News to start your week! On December 1 the Met Opera performed  L’Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho.  This historic Met premiere marked only the second time a work by a woman composer has been heard at the institution – the last being over a century ago.  Many great stories and conversations have already come out of this event, and I’m sure there are more to come!  Here are some highlights. David Patrick Stearns has a review on WQXR. New Music Box has a profile of Saariaho’s career that led to having her work heard in one of the greatest opera venues in…

Monday Link Round Up: November 28, 2016

News to start your week! First, some very sad news of the death of a pioneer.  Pauline Oliveros has passed at age 84.  There are many remembrances and tributes.   The Guardian has a remembrance, Alex Ross invites readers to listen in, and NPR included a story about her life and work yesterday on All Things Considered.  Read here, or listen below:   The Met Opera premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour de Loin on December 1 is already generating quite a lot of press.  The New York Times has a guide to the composer, the work, and the historic significance – which also notes that Susanna…