Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: April 29, 2019

News and music to start your week! WQXR often posts listicles of note – this week they shared again their list of 12 Romantic Composers Not Named ‘Liszt’ or ‘Brahms’.  Included are: Louise Farrenc, Clara Schumann, Augusta Holmès, Teresa Carreño, Cecile Chaminade, and Dora Pejačević. Last week we shared our findings in the 2019-2020 concert season data we collected.  In a stroke of coincidental timing, conductor Jordan Randall Smith wrote about the value in programming works by women composers, and how there is no excuse not to. We’re delighted to hear that pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (pictured above) will be recording an album…

Conference Report: American Women Composer-Pianists

The recent international conference “American Women Composer-Pianists” named Amy Beach (1867-1944) and Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) as focal points, in celebration of the notable anniversaries connected with them (the 150th anniversary of Beach’s birth, and the 100th anniversary of Carreño’s death).  But the conference expanded to cover a wide range of other composer-pianists, including the British — Arabella Goddard,  Chilean — Josefina Filomeno, and Mexican — Guadelupe Olmedo. The conference was a mind-expanding and fascinating two days, and the host – the University Archives of the University of New Hampshire (Durham), together with help from the Music Department — deserve hearty…

2017-18 Season: By the Numbers

Now that Labor Day, and the end of summer, has passed we are looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 concert season – and taking a critical look at what we can expect in the coming programming. We at WPA have been looking at the repertoire of major ensembles for a long time, and are thankful that more attention is being paid to the statistics – in particular with the diligent work that had been done in recent years by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Though we don’t have such an overreaching look as the work that was done at…

The Dream Unfinished Continues the Conversation

We’ve been following the work of The Dream Unfinished since it was first organized as an activist orchestra in conjunction with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Since their first concert this ensemble has worked to use their voices to raise awareness to issues of social justice, as well as bring to light composers whose works have been long ignored on contemporary stages.   Their next concert is titled, Raise Your Hand and will take place on Sunday, June 11 at The Cooper Union in New York City.  As with past concerts, the connection to a social justice platform is clear: RAISE…