Works by Women in the 2016-2017 Season

There is no denying that the end of summer is upon us.  While that means students returning to classrooms, it also means that the 2016-2017 concert season is arriving, too!  Before we get all dressed up for Opening Night Galas, let’s have a look at what we can expect in the coming months. We have been keeping tabs on the repertoire performed by America’s most recognized and respected orchestras through the repertoire reports published by the League of American Orchestras.  Unfortunately this information, while hugely valuable, is also flawed.  It requires on ensembles to self-report (which some are more diligent…

Monday Link Round Up: February 1, 2016

Some news to start your week! Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post, contributed to this month’s Opera News to discuss the ways in which topics of gender and race are handled – or not – in current opera productions.  This comes after the Met ended the tradition of using blackface in Otello and recent conversations surrounding The Mikado and the depiction of Asian characters by white actors.  Read Kennicott’s full piece here.   The Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute concert took place on Friday, January 29th, featuring the work of seven rising composers, including Kirsten Broberg and Emily Cooley.  Minnesota Public Radio spoke with…

Solar Winds at Brandeis University

This Saturday (February 28) Solar Winds will present a not-to-be missed concert at Brandeis University.  This poster says it all: From their website: On February 28 at Brandeis University, Solar Winds will perform a concert of wind quintets composed entirely by women.  The compositions are varied, entertaining, and musically significant. The concert opens with a brief and graceful Pastorale by Amy Beach – or “Mrs. H. H. A. Beach” as her husband insisted she call herself while he lived. Beach (1867-1944), a New Hampshire native, was a virtuoso pianist and self-taught composer, who struggled with magnificent success against the male-dominated musical hierarchy of…

Happy Birthday Vivian Fine

This past Sunday (September 28) would have been Vivian Fine’s 101st birthday.  Born in Chicago in 1913, Fine was a piano prodigy who went on to study with Ruth Crawford Seeger and achieve acclaim for her compositions at a young age.  She composed continuously for her 70 year career.  Fine’s works explored various instrumentations and genres, spanning from chamber music to orchestral and choral works. Learn more about Fine’s life and music on the official Vivian Fine website, and read two different interviews with Fine.