Monday Link Round Up: December 3, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: December 3, 2018

News and music to start your week! I can think of no better way to start a new week than with a new episode of Listening to Ladies!  In this latest episode Elizabeth Blair discusses composition with Reena Esmail.  Listen below – but find even more links and videos mentioned in the conversation on the Listening to Ladies website. There is news that the Sphinx Organization, known for encouraging and supporting young musicians from diverse backgrounds to enter careers in music, is now also turning focus to encourage more diversity in artistic leadership.  Read more at Detroit Business. Yip Wing-sie,…

Monday Link Round Up: November 19, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: November 19, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Guardian has a profile of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor presented in an editorial by Lenny Henry.  The profile highlights a program called Our Classical Century, which can be heard online. Composer Reena Esmail was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times discussing her musical influences, the challenges she has faced as an Indian woman composer, and how she finds unity through music. Over at NewMusicBox Anthony Green writes about the continued challenges that non-white composers face in the new music world.  He relates his own experiences and gives very simple steps on how these continued problems…

Dora Pejačević -- another composer whose time has come?

With two upcoming performances of music by Dora Pejačević taking place in the next few weeks, we wonder if this remarkable but little-known composer, who was writing powerful orchestral works a century ago, is finally ready for rediscovery.  [Wondering how to pronounce Pejačević?] A recipient of our Performance Grant, the Willamette Falls Symphony, will be performing Pejačević’s brilliant Overture for Large Orchestra in d-minor, Op.49, this Sunday Feb. 18.   Performances in the US of Pejačević’s music are rare in the US, but Youtube offers the opportunity to hear the brash, colorful Overture, recorded in the composer’s homeland, Croatia, and also in Japan.…

New Music This Weekend

We are looking forward to another great weekend of concerts from WPA Performance Grant winners! On Friday, April 1 the American Composers Orchestra will present a concert of works inspired by Indian and Middle Eastern traditions.  Three World Premieres will be featured, including Avartan by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail.  Also being performed Friday is The Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Gity Razaz.   On Saturday, April 2 the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) will present Ribbon Earth by contemporary American composer Kristin Kuster.  Learn more about the work here.