Monday Link Round Up: January 15, 2018

News to start your week! Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on the progress that has been made by trailblazers – like Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman.  (Thea Musgrave also turned to the life of Harriet Tubman for an opera: Harriet, the Woman Called Moses.)  We can also look to the future, and the work being done by ensembles like The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra.   BachTrack – which lists classical music concerts and festivals worldwide – had completed their 2017 wrap up.  Their analysis of repertoire shares good insights – what works are performed in…

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…

Nkeiru Okoye

Nkeiru Okoye was born in New York (1972), and growing up, frequently visited her father’s native Nigeria.  She won a song-writing competition at age 13, and decided to study composition seriously.   She received degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BA) and Rutgers University (MA and Ph.D.). I got to know Okoye’s music through her work The Journey of Phillis Wheatley, for narrator and orchestra.  It was commissioned and performed by the Landmarks Orchestra of Boston, and recorded by the Moscow Symphony, led by the Landmarks Orchestra’s late founder and director Charles Ansbacher. A narrator represents Phillis Wheatley, and different themes and…