Celebrating 75 Years at Tanglewood

The annual Tanglewood Festival hosts thousands of concert goers each year, drawn to the beautiful scenery and amazing music at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home.  Over the past 75 years, the Tanglewood Music Center has also drawn devotees annually – but as students and faculty, eager to learn, engage, and explore a range of established classics and new additions to the repertoire. In honor of this celebration year, 35 new works have been commissioned from composers who all have a connection to Tanglewood.  Included are: Yi Yiing Chen – Forest Labyrinth Helen Grime – Embrace Betsy Jolas – Rambles thru 44: The Mysterious Stranger…

Monday Link Round Up: August 17, 2015

The dog days of summer means a slow news week, but here are a few links to catch up on as you start your week:   Alex Ross shared a recording of Liza Lim’s Invisibility at his blog, The Rest is Noise, perhaps in response to Lim’s own announcement of the release of two new CDs and a new premiere in September.  Read more at Lim’s website. NPR shared a story about the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center.  This institution, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, are vibrant and vital components of American music, both in education and in performance.…

Guest Contributor, Maestro Apo Hsu, Reports on a Contemporary Music Concert from Tanglewood

Intro by Liane Curtis: Music Festivals of all kinds continue to find it acceptable to exclude women composers from their programming. Two cases in point are the Mostly Mozart Festival (critiqued on the blog “Life’s a Pitch”), and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (which is wryly prodded on Feministing.com). In the case of Cabrillo, of course we love Marin Alsop and her work is so groundbreaking and important, but to have 13 composers of new music at your festival, and to have them all be men, makes a statement that no women composers are worth programming – and that’s…