Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

News and music to start your week! History was made at the Philadelphia Orchestra when they performed Umoja by Valerie Coleman –  the first classical work by a living African American woman that they have every performed.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After last year’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, several composers responded to the allegations of sexual harassment through music. Kenji Bunch, artistic director of the Portand (OR)-based new music ensemble called “Fear No Music”, proposed the idea and was joined by Daniel Felsenfeld and Andrea Reinkemeyer.  The concert launched a season of works that will all…

Concerning Race

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy is working to level the playing field when it comes to the representation of works by women in the classical music repertoire.  But it goes without saying that there is a need for equal representation not only of works by women, but also works by people of color.  The recent article in the New York Times calling out the severe lack of representation of works by black composers in repertoire echoes many of the difficulties that women have faced in their efforts to have their works heard. Having works relegated to Black History Month/Women’s History Month Being criticized…