Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

News and music to start your week. As we pause on Memorial Day, here are some works by women composers appropriate for today’s reflection. Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – a play off of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man – is a brilliant work. Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater is a poignant work, helping us to consider the weight of the day and the sacrifices made. Lili Boulanger’s setting of Pie Jesu is not to be missed. Upcoming concerts! The Orchestra of the League of Composers performs Aurora by Thea Musgrave on June 1. The Bay Area Rainbow…

New Works this Weekend

There are lots of opportunities to hear works by contemporary women composers this weekend, and throughout the coming week!   On Sunday, May 21 the Community Women’s Orchestra in Oakland, California will present Forbidden Voices, including June Bonacich’s Sorrow is a Willow Tree and a selection from Street Requiem, an enormous and internationally performed work composed by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, & Jonathan Welch that brings awareness to issues of homelessness.  Find out more information and tickets about this weekend’s concert here.   The American Composers Orchestra is presenting a concert titled Parables on Tuesday, May 23rd in New York City as part of Symphony Space’s Fuse…

Premieres of Karpman and Saariaho

We’re looking forward to two concerts happening this Thursday from 2014 Performance Grant winners, each of which features a premiere. The Pacific Symphony will be offering the World Premiere of Siren Songs by Laura Karpman.  Program notes for the concert are available online, and you can also listen to a concert preview with a sampling of Karpman’s work:   More information about the concerts and tickets available here.   The Orchestra of the League of Composer’s season finale will include the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Leino Songs.  Program notes available on Saariaho’s website. Listen to four of the songs as performed by the…

Wang Jie on the Fast Track

In a relatively short time Wang Jie has made quite an impression on the classical music establishment. Last June the Orchestra of the League of Composers premiered Wang’s Oboe Concerto for the Genuine Hearts of Sadness, a work it had commissioned with funding in part from the WPA’s 2012 Performance Grants. The New York Times described the piece as a “virtuosic vehicle for the New York Philharmonic’s principal oboist…ventured from primal split tones and ritualistic gestures through a tender soliloquy to a frenetic, percussion-driven finale.” The Times had previously praised Wang’s “clear, lucid and evocative music” in reviewing her 15-minute chamber…