Monday Link Round Up: January 15, 2018

News to start your week! Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by reflecting on the progress that has been made by trailblazers – like Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman.  (Thea Musgrave also turned to the life of Harriet Tubman for an opera: Harriet, the Woman Called Moses.)  We can also look to the future, and the work being done by ensembles like The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra.   BachTrack – which lists classical music concerts and festivals worldwide – had completed their 2017 wrap up.  Their analysis of repertoire shares good insights – what works are performed in…

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…

Activism through Music

We’ve all heard that Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast (William Congreve) but music also has the power to incite action and raise awareness of critical issues in our society. Earlier this year we discussed The Dream Unfinished’s work, and the concert remembering and honoring the life of Sandra Bland and offering (from their website): musical tribute to black women impacted by racial injustice, and female activists and organizers of the historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements. The concert was a powerful and poignant event (read Liane Curtis’s review at The Music Intelligencer).  The spirit of activism through music is…

Monday Link Round Up: August 22, 2016

News to start your week! The Fall 2016 edition of The Kapralova Society newsletter is now available to download!  Articles include a conversation with conductor Odaline de la Martinez and an analysis and comparison of the work of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.  Get this issue, and back issues, on The Kapralova Society website.   Bitch Magazine, which offers a feminist response to pop culture, has an interview with composer Courtney Bryan. The conversation was inspired by Bryan’s commissioned work for The Dream Unfinished in support of #BlackLivesMatter.  Read more here.   Jazz pianist and composer Connie Crothers has died.  The New…