Monday Link Round Up: June 24, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: June 24, 2019

News and music to start your week! Marin Alsop has started a fellowship for women conductors to help encourage the number of women entering the field.  She was interviewed by the New York Times about this new project, her career until this point, and the hurdles that women conductors continue to face. Several organizations, including the National Orchestral Institute and Festival, are working to support musicians of color to be highly trained for careers in top ensembles.  Read more in an article by Anne Midgette in The Washington Post. On the same theme, Local 802 – the musicians union in…

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…