Monday Link Round Up: January 8, 2018

News to start your week!   Listening to Ladies is beginning the new year with another episode – this time talking to Elizabeth Baker.  Learn more on the website, and listen below.   NPR’s All Things Considered host Robert Siegel retired last week after 30 years on the radio.  NPR has been celebrating his career for the past several weeks in anticipation of his departure – including compiling 10 interviews that demonstrated his love of classical music.  Included is an interview with conductor JoAnn Falletta.  Read and listen more here.   Alex Ross of The New Yorker has an inspiring…

Monday Link Round Up: August 14, 2017

News to start your week!   The Women Composers Festival of Hartford has announced the 2018 featured artists!  This year’s festival will include Tawnie Olson as composer in residence and Cuatro Puntos String Quartet as ensemble in residence.  Dr. Karen Cook will be keynote speaker.  Learn more at the WCFH website – including more information for the ongoing calls for scores, papers, and performances!   As we quickly approach the start of the new school year, it was wonderful to learn about Detroit music educator Delashea Strawder and the great work she is doing to encourage, inspire, and support students.…

Monday Link Roundup: November 7, 2016

News to start your week! The Guardian republished a piece from their archives about the history of all-women orchestras in the UK.  There were several “Lady Orchestras” – in the United States and abroad – at the turn of the 20th century, who all fought for a place on stage, and for unbiased recognition of their talents.  Read more here.   Alex Ross regularly invites readers of his blog, The Rest is Noise, to take a few minutes to listen to some of the music on his current listening list.  In the past week that included a work by electronic…

New Commissions from Kronos Quartet

The Kronos Quartet has announced an exciting new project titled Fifty for the Future.  From the Kronos Quartet website: Kronos’ Fifty for the Future is commissioning a collection of 50 new works – 10 per year for five years – devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet, designed expressly for the training of students and emerging professionals. The works will be commissioned from an eclectic group of composers – 25 men and 25 women – and the collection will represent the truly globe-spanning state of the art of the string quartet in the 21st century. I am deeply excited about…