Monday Link Round Up: February 27, 2017

News to start your week! The Oscars happened Sunday night – and Mica Levi was nominated for best film score for Jackie.  In recognition of her nomination, The New Yorker has a profile of the musician and composer. Also in The New Yorker, Alex Ross explores Kate Soper’s new work and “philosophy-opera” Ipsa Dexit which was recently presented by Wet Ink (a contemporary music ensemble) in New York City.  Read on about this complex and sophisticated work here. Women’s History Month is quickly approaching, and with it comes the Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  The lineup this year of performers, presenters, and composers…

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…

Monday Link Round Up: August 29, 2016

News to start your week! ICYMI we are celebrating the 130th birthday of Rebecca Carke!  Read more about Clarke’s life, music, and legacy here – or at The Rebecca Clarke Society! The reviews are in from the City of Birmingham’s performance at the BBC Proms, and The Guardian called the performance, led by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, “spellbinding” and “bewitching”. Read the review here – and listen to the performance online here. Composer Sally Beamish has a fabulous piece in The Guardian describing her early years as a musician and composer – and the inspiration for a new work being premiered today at the Proms.  Read the full…

Join the Conversation: Women in the Berlin Philharmonic

The blog of Tony Woodcock, president of the New England Conservatory, has caused quite a stir as of late – at least around the members of the International Alliance for Women in Music. The article that’s causing such a stir, which may seem innocuous at first, touts the merits of the Berlin Philharmonic. Woodcock lauds the ensemble as being “The coolest band in the world” and writes extensively about the ensemble’s merits. What he completely neglects to mention is that the BPO has, by William Osborne’s calculations, the fourth lowest ratio of women musicians in the world. The women in…