Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

Joan Tower & Tania Léon in Conversation at LAO

By Chris A. Trotman, WPA’s Director of Music Publications. Thank you to composer Dosia McKay (@dosiamckay) for sharing her photo of the event (Tower, left, and Léon) During the 2019 League of American Orchestras Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, I had the privilege of attending a discussion and Q/A session with composer-conductor-pianist-educators Joan Tower and Tania Léon.  Tower was the recipient of the LAO Gold Baton Award, and the Nashville Symphony performed her Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (a title deliberately referencing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man)!  Léon is also a well-known, very successful composer, conductor, performer and educator,…

Monday Link Round Up: October 15, 2018

News and music to start your week! Our congratulations to Tania Leon – composer, conductor, educator, and now member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!  Broadway news has the story. Congratulations also go to Unsuk Chin who was just awarded the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music and a commission from the New York Philharmonic.  Read more at the New York Times. NPR spoke to MacArthur Genius Grant winner Vijay Gupta, a musician and social justice advocate, about his work to make music accessible to everyone.  Read more at the NPR website, or listen to the interview below: Parma…

Monday Link Round Up: February 5, 2018

News to start your week! Don’t miss Alex Ross’s piece on Florence Price in The New Yorker.  He speaks of her “rediscovery”, a coming premiere, and the attention that her music deserves, also mentioning Amy Beach “Gaelic” Symphony and William Dawson’s “Negro Folk Symphony”  Important thoughts to add to the ongoing conversations about representation. International Musician discusses the life and work of Tania Leon just after the premiere of a new work by Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.  Read the article, “A Celebration of Diversity in Composing and Life” here. Stop by “On an Overgrown Path” for an in depth consideration of…

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…