Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

News and music to start your week! History was made at the Philadelphia Orchestra when they performed Umoja by Valerie Coleman –  the first classical work by a living African American woman that they have every performed.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After last year’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, several composers responded to the allegations of sexual harassment through music. Kenji Bunch, artistic director of the Portand (OR)-based new music ensemble called “Fear No Music”, proposed the idea and was joined by Daniel Felsenfeld and Andrea Reinkemeyer.  The concert launched a season of works that will all…

Monday Link Round Up: September 2, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 2, 2019

Celebrating women’s work in music – today and every day! Happy Labor Day (in the U.S.!) An excellent new Podcast from Listening to Ladies was just released with Elizabeth Blair speaking to Eleanor Alberga.  Don’t miss it! NPR’s All Things Considered reviews the upcoming new release of Julia Wolfe’s latest large scale piece and recording, Fire In My Mouth, which documents the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City.  Listen in: Amy Beach’s 1932 chamber opera Cabildo received a rare performance in London as part of the Grimeborn music festival.  The Guardian has a review, and also a link to an…

Monday Link Round Up: July 22, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: July 22, 2019

News and music to start your week! Conductor Karina Canellakis (pictured) made BBC Proms history by being the first woman conductor to lead the ensemble at the First Night of the Proms.  Read more about the historic night, and the kick off of the 2019 Proms Season, at BBC.com.  The opening night kicked off with a complex, layered  work by Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri, written in honor of the Moon Landing.  You can also read our thoughts on this year’s programming here. The wonderful website, Women You Should Know, featured the life and music of Fanny Hensel (nee Mendelssohn).…

Monday Link Round Up: July 8, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: July 8, 2019

News and music to start your week! Congratulations to Akiko Fujimoto (pictured above), the first woman to be named Artistic Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony.  Last season the ensemble had a public audition process to find the new director, with four finalists each leading a concert.  Fujimoto was a somewhat familiar face as she was associate conductor for the San Antonio Symphony from 2012-2017.  Read on here. We are happy to unveil (drum-roll, please!): our newly updated database of 500 (plus) Operas by Women! It has been a popular page on our website, but has needed expanding and updating.  It…