Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

Best of 2018! BBC International Women’s Day Orchestral Concert

One of the most important events in music of 2018 was the BBC’s International Women’s Day broadcasts and live concerts.  Performances and recordings were aired based on special research aimed at bringing to light unknown music composed by women.  The highlight of the day was this concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  We wanted to make sure this event is recalled and acknowledged so we have asked the noted musicologist Dr. Deborah Hayes to review the concert. Dr. Deborah Hayes is a pioneering scholar in the work to recover neglected women composers.   She is professor emerita at the College of…

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…

A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

A musical "blind taste-test" casts light on the biased processes of Canon-formation

Salastina Music Society carried out a remarkably original experiment last weekend (Oct. 6 & 7) – raising issues of how and why some works get into the classical music canon – and some works don’t.  Salastina’s two directors were struck by a certain piano trio, and astonished that they hadn’t heard of it previously.  So much so that they decided to turn the concert into an event (titled “Sounds Mysterious”) — a discussion of these issues, and to make the case very provocatively, with a “blind taste test.”  Moderator Brian Laurizen compared the process to a friend asking you to go…

Beach's Bal Masqué in Boston Performance

Update: concert postponed to Aug. 23 because of rain. Amy Beach’s delightful waltz, Bal Masqué, op. 22, is part of this week’s concert by Boston’s Landmark Orchestra.  Titled “Symphonic Dances” the Aug. 22 event features “music to move by” with professional and community dancers.  Directed by Christopher Wilkins, the concert is free to all. Bal Masqué is unique in Beach’s output as a single-movement orchestral work.  It is handy for programming, and thus this lovely waltz was performed in 2000 by the Boston Pops (directed by Keith Lockhart) at the concert where the addition of Beach’s name to the composers’ names…