Monday Link Round Up: September 30, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 30, 2019

News and music to start your week! The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that they have discovered letters from Clara Schumann in their archives!  This is just after Clara’s 200th birthday celebration in which many world-famous ensembles spoke about her achievements, but no top-tier U.S. orchestra programmed any of her works.  Read more at the Philadelphia Orchestra website. Listen in on a new episode of Listening to Ladies – this time Elizabeth Blair is in conversation with Patricia Martinez (pictured above), an Argentinian/Spanish composer based in Buenos Aires. On our own blog, Feminist in the Concert Hall, we have Featured Guest…

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: September 23, 2019

News and music to start your week! History was made at the Philadelphia Orchestra when they performed Umoja by Valerie Coleman –  the first classical work by a living African American woman that they have every performed.  Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer. After last year’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, several composers responded to the allegations of sexual harassment through music. Kenji Bunch, artistic director of the Portand (OR)-based new music ensemble called “Fear No Music”, proposed the idea and was joined by Daniel Felsenfeld and Andrea Reinkemeyer.  The concert launched a season of works that will all…

Monday Link Round Up: September 10, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: September 10, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Philadelphia Orchestra made a stir in the Spring with their season announcement, and lack of diversity among composers.  They walked much of that back with the addition of two (rather small) works by women to the concert season, and promised a score reading of works by six different women.  The score reading happened last week, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  The evening brought many surprises – like an announcement that each of the six composers whose works were being heard would receive a commission from The Philadelphia Orchestra; Gabriela Lena Frank…

Monday Link Round Up: August 27, 2018

Monday Link Round Up: August 27, 2018

News to start your week! We are saddened by the passing of American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist, and educator George Walker.  He claimed the title of “first” to many achievements in the classical music world, including: first African American pianist to play a recital at New York’s Town Hall, first black instrumentalist to play solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and first black graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.  Read more at NPR. Walker was the first African American to receive the Pulitzer in music, which he won in 1996 for his work Lilacs (listen here). While we mourn his…