Concerts this weekend

This weekend boasts a lot of great concerts and opportunities to support women’s work in music – contemporary and historic! There are two opportunities to hear Amy Beach’s historic Symphony this weekend.  If you happen to be in London, England this weekend Harmony Sinfonia, a London based ensemble, will be performing work on March 4, along with other works by women composers.   If you are stateside, the Michigan Philharmonic under the direction of Nan Washburn will perform the symphony on March 5.   Also on March 5, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra will be offering their their annual Young Person’s Concert with an Instrument…

Concerts of Old and New Music

We’re always thrilled to share announcements of coming concerts featuring works by women composers!  This week we are especially thrilled to see two ensembles who are embracing contemporary and historic composers in their performances. The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra will be performing at an Alumni Even in Chicago on January 21 and at the college on January 24.  Every work on the program was composed by a woman.  The pieces include Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song, and Nkeiru Okoye’s Songs of Harriet Tubman and Invitation to a Die-In.  We at WPA are thrilled to support this concert in part through a…

Celebrating Diversity in Michigan

It’s been a rough week.  But I’m glad to know that we can take solace in music to reflect, regroup, be reminded of the value of diversity in the world around us, and move forward.  Lucky for us, there is a great opportunity to do just that this weekend! On Saturday, November 12 the Michigan Philharmonic, under the direction of Nan Washburn, will be performing Julia Perry‘s Short Piece for Orchestra.  The work, which was first premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1965 is rarely heard, and shouldn’t be missed! Perry was one of the first African American composers to gain acclaim…

Much New Music!

There are so many great concerts happening each weekend!  Here are a few highlights for the end of September: The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, winner of a 2015 WPA Performance Grant, opened their season with Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 2 on September 22. The New England Conservatory, one of the premiere music schools in the United States, included Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry in the NEC Philharmonie’s performance on September 28.   And there is more to come!  This weekend will see two concerts that shouldn’t be missed: The Michigan Philharmonic, led by Nan Washburn, has committed to performing at…