Monday Link Round up: October 1, 2018

News to start your week?  But this last week was not just any week. For those in the US, the past week was something unique and critical.  On Thursday we listened to a woman’s account of a violent sexual attack that she experienced. And we heard men — angry, hostile men — say we should not be listening to her.  Given these tumultuous events, one might wonder, can we really be thinking about music now?  But I cannot help but interpreting the proceedings as having a metaphorical meaning for the status of music history and the classical canon.  After all,…

Monday Link Round Up: January 22, 2018

News to start your week! There have been a number of articles lately about the canon and the so-called “Invisible Hand” that dictates what art is preserved and celebrated.  Read Harvard Musicologist Anne Shreffler’s thoughts here,  and also a response to Shreffler’s work by composer Jon Silpayamanant here. The Washington Post profiles Missy Mazzoli, and explore her work as a “leading composer of her generation.”  Read on here. Conductor Susanna Mälkki is profiled in the Los Angeles Times and specifically addresses the challenges that she has faced in her career due to her gender.  But, as principal guest conductor of the LA Philharmonic she…

Monday Link Round Up: November 6, 2017

Lots of news to start your week! Anne Midgette has an important piece in The Washington Post about the difficulties women composers continue to face in having their works heard, and new commissions awarded.  (There is funding out there, major orchestras just aren’t interested in using it.)  Read online here.   Ryan Ebright of The New York Times reviews a current production of an opera based on the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.  First premiered in 1947, music was written by Virgil Thompson with libretto by Gertrude Stein.  The Mother of Us All is distinctly different from so many beloved operas…

Podcast Episode 02: "It's about friggin' time!" -- Met Opera performs work composed by a woman

Happy New Year!  Without a doubt, one of 2016’s most exciting music events was the performance of Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.  Our very first podcast offered some insiders’ ideas about the production. Now, in our second podcast, composer Milica Paranosic goes “on the scene” at Lincoln Center (at the Dec. 24 matinee) to report on audience members’ ideas about and responses to the opera.  One theme that emerges is that opera-goers emphatically want to hear more than just the same old “standards” — there’s a real craving for new works!  Another frequent response is…