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: May 14, 2018

News and music to start your week! In honor of Mother’s Day, WQXR has a series of conversations with women composers about motherhood.  Hear from Sarah Kirkland Snider, Valerie Coleman, and Marilyn Shrude here. Classical FM has a brief history of women gaining entry to professional orchestras.  Read on here. Congratulations to conductor Karina Canellakis who, at just 36 years old, was just named the next chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.  Read more at The New York Times. The New York Times also has a great piece about OrchKids – the free after-school program begun by Marin Alsop and…