Monday Link Round Up: February 27, 2017

News to start your week! The Oscars happened Sunday night – and Mica Levi was nominated for best film score for Jackie.  In recognition of her nomination, The New Yorker has a profile of the musician and composer. Also in The New Yorker, Alex Ross explores Kate Soper’s new work and “philosophy-opera” Ipsa Dexit which was recently presented by Wet Ink (a contemporary music ensemble) in New York City.  Read on about this complex and sophisticated work here. Women’s History Month is quickly approaching, and with it comes the Women Composers Festival of Hartford!  The lineup this year of performers, presenters, and composers…

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…

Sofia Gubaidulina and the New York Phil

The New York Philharmonic has been in the news (if only briefly) about their noticeable lack of inclusion of anything other than dead, white, men in their 2011-2012 concert season. But as I mentioned then, the NY Phil is just continuing a long-standing and unfortunate precedent. This year Sofia Gubaidulina has the honor of being the only woman to have her work performed by the ensemble. This past weekend saw the New York premiere of Gubaidulina’s In Tempus Praesens, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter. Alex Ross, critic for The New Yorker, shared through his blog a video…