Diverse Programming at the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

More and more ensembles have been embracing the summer festival season in recent years, and using the opportunity to explore new approaches in performance venues and programming. The Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra is one of the most established summer ensembles, first established in 1987 to extend the classical music season into the summer months.  Though always committed to a diverse and engaging programming, the work of Artistic Director Warren Friesen in recent years is particularly commendable – which is why the LSCO is a recipient of a WPA Performance Grant. The 2016 season boasts four concerts, three of which include a…

Lancaster Symphony is Honoring Tina Davidson

This weekend one of our Performance Grant winners, the Lancaster Symphony in Pennsylvania, will honor the life and work of Tina Davidson, recipient of this year’s Composer Award, given annually by the Lancaster Symphony to a contemporary classical composer for the past 55 years.  The concert will feature a collaboration with local strings students on First Light, as well as the World Premiere of Barefoot for string orchestra. The concert is titled “Of Significance” – and we couldn’t agree more.  Davidson is a prolific and often-commissioned composer whose compositions span from chamber pieces to operas.  She was recently hand selected by Hilary Hahn to compose…

Grammy Nominations for Anna Clyne and Hilary Hahn

The list of 2015 Grammy nominations has been published – and Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds is in the running for Contemporary Classical Composition.  Her work shares the ballot with John Luther Adams (Become Ocean), George Crumb (Voices From The Heartland), Stephen Paulus (Concerto For Two Trumpets & Band), and Roberto Sierra (Sinfonia No. 4). Have a listen to the Chicago Symphony performing the nominated piece: I also recommend listening to this conversation between Clyne and soloist Jennifer Koh about the work:   Also nominated in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category is the recording of Hilary Hahn’s “27 Pieces”.  We wrote about this when the project…

Music by Women at the Cabrillo Festival

The annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, held in Santa Cruz, California, has a history of highlighting music by women. This is due in part to the festival focusing on living composers – however, I suspect that it is in part a happy consequence of the programming of music director and conductor Marin Alsop. Here is a video where she describes the process of programming the Cabrillo Festival: For the 2011 season, Cabrillo will have fifteen composers in residence – including six women. Margaret Brouwer Chiayu Anna Clyne Tina Davidson Zosha di Castri Elena Kats-Chernin