Monday Link Round Up: Jan. 14, 2019

News to start your week! BachTrack has their 2018 year round up – with some promising and exciting results for women composers and conductors! See the data for yourself at BachTrack. The New York Times has an important piece about just how underrepresented women are in film music.  Though there is no lack of women who score for film, the meetings (and consequently the jobs) seem to more than often go to the men.  Read on here. Nadia Sirota is starting a new podcast!  Her previous podcast, Meet the Composer, ran from 2014 to 2017 and featured great discussions with…

A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

Salastina Music Society carried out a remarkably original experiment last weekend (Oct. 6 & 7) – raising issues of how and why some works get into the classical music canon – and some works don’t.  Salastina’s two directors were struck by a certain piano trio, and astonished that they hadn’t heard of it previously.  So much so that they decided to turn the concert into an event (titled “Sounds Mysterious”) — a discussion of these issues, and to make the case very provocatively, with a “blind taste test.”  Moderator Brian Laurizen compared the process to a friend asking you to go…

Monday Link Round Up: October 2, 2017

News to start your week! It was great to see an article in the Huffington Post about Orchestra Moderne – a new ensemble based in NYC led by conductor Amy Andersson.  The ensemble is committed to performing a diverse range of works, especially focusing on works by women and people of color.  Their inaugural concert, on October 7, will include Overture to Light by Lolita Ritmanis. NJ.com looks at the coming season for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which is now being led by Xian Zhang.  It is her second year in the position, and it looks like more great, and acclaimed,…

Monday Link Round Up: May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day to those who observe!  Here is some news to start your week! Lisa Caplan, a PhD candidate in American Studies and Afro-American Studies at Yale has a great contribution to The New Yorker about the need for more diversity in opera productions – as well as what is being done about it.  Learn more about Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert’s 1903 opera La Flamenca, which just received it’s American premiere in New Orleans, and the significance of performing the work of a black composer by a largely black cast.   Read on here.   Adding to the conversation about the changes that the opera…