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…

2015-2016 Season Highlights

The 2015-2016 concert season is now underway for ensembles across the United States – which means it’s also time to take a look at the orchestral repertoire that is being performed. As we wait for the official repertoire reports from the League of American Orchestras (which, unfortunately, will be a while – the last available reports are from the 2010-2011 concert season) we took a look at what some of the most highly regarded ensembles in the United States are performing this year.  (We used the same list of ensembles that the Baltimore Orchestra used for their infographic published last year and followed…

Chin's Clarinet Concerto Gets U.S. Premiere

Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, which was completed in 2004, will finally receive it’s U.S. Premiere with the New York Philharmonic this weekend.  It was co-commissioned with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Here is conductor Alan Gilbert speaking about the work (and the Mahler that is also scheduled for the program): As Gilbert mentions, the work is paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – which gets primary billing on the concert – even as evidenced by this banner ad I stumbled across just last week when catching up on classical music news at the WQXR website:…

Congratulations to Susanna Mälkki!

Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki was just named the chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic—the first woman to hold the position; the ensemble has been performing for 132 years. Her three-year contract will begin in 2016. Until then she will continue to make international debuts, including with the New York Philharmonic in May of 2015 (conducting Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Piano Concerto No 1).    Here is a great clip of Mälkki discussing Unsuk Chin’s Cello Concerto which Mälkki conducted in Boston in 2011: