Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

Monday Link Round Up: May 27, 2019

News and music to start your week. As we pause on Memorial Day, here are some works by women composers appropriate for today’s reflection. Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman – a play off of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man – is a brilliant work. Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater is a poignant work, helping us to consider the weight of the day and the sacrifices made. Lili Boulanger’s setting of Pie Jesu is not to be missed. Upcoming concerts! The Orchestra of the League of Composers performs Aurora by Thea Musgrave on June 1. The Bay Area Rainbow…

BBC Proms 2018: By the Numbers

The 2018 BBC Proms kicks off today, Friday, July 13 and continues with extensive programming through September. The annual event features what is considered the best of the best in contemporary classical music programming with ensembles, soloists, and conductors from around the world. The schedule of events is enormous, with paid and free concerts, lectures, workshops, radio broadcasts – not a dull moment until after Labor Day. Others have already shared their thoughts on the choices in programming for this year’s Proms, but we felt it important to add our thoughts, and figures, to the conversation as the Proms officially…

Monday Link Round Up: June 11, 2018

News and music to start your week! The Library of Congress blog, In the Muse, highlights Women Composers Hiding in Plain Sight. Written by Music Reference Specialist Melissa E. Wertheimer, she discusses a fantastic photograph she found, and the backstory she uncovered, in the Library of Congress archives!  (Spoiler: the photograph and story features one of our favorite composers, Amy Beach, as well as an early example of women composers coming together to organize and support each other!) On An Overgrown Path discusses the institutional discrimination faced by conductors – and specifically the case of Rudolph Dunbar, the first black…

Tuesday Link Round Up: May 29, 2018

News and music to start your week after a meaningful Memorial Day: Happy 90th birthday to Thea Musgrave!  We did a round up of stories about the Scottish American composer’s life – but don’t miss the conversation Musgrave had with NPR. Thrilled to hear that Roderick Cox has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, given to outstanding young U.S. conductors to guide their careers.  Cox is currently the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Read more at the Star Tribune. The 66th annual BMI Student Composers Awards have been announced!  The nine recipients (aged 18-26)…