Monday Link Round Up: April 10, 2017

News to start your week! The Women Composers Festival of Hartford had another great event this year – and are already looking to the future!  Composers and and Performers are invited to apply to be artists in residence for the 2018 Festival!  Find out more information here. Following up on the great 2017 event, we are delighted to have been granted permission to post Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Wood’s address to the Festival – and a call to action – on our blog!  Don’t miss it! Read Victoria Bond’s piece at NewMusicBox about the twentieth anniversary of the Cutting Edge Concerts…

Upcoming Premieres in Seattle

I am late in congratulating the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra of Whidbey Island in their performance of Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps and D’un sir triste.  We at WPA were so thrilled to help fund this performance of works by such a talented and, sadly, short lived composer though a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert took place October 24 with conductor Anna Edwards leading the ensemble. Listen to recordings of the Saratoga Orchestra here: And in just a few days Dr. Edwards will lead the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra in another concert funded by a 2014 Performance Grant.  The concert on November 18, titled “Listen to the Girls”, will feature…

Historic Women in Rhinebeck, NY

I can think of no better way to kick off the new year than by attending what will no doubt be a fabulous concert that includes works by historic and contemporary women composers. The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society is presenting their concert celebrating women in music on January 18.  The program will include works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, and Amy Beach – and, as an added bonus, Joan Tower, Victoria Bond, Paula Kimper, and Karen Lefrak will be on hand to introduce their works.  The event features not only women composers but women performers, including The Kleio Quartet – a new group,…

Women Conductors in LA Times

The Los Angeles Times recently printed a substantial article on recent appointments of several women conductors to prestigious orchestras. The piece opens with the recent news surrounding Xian Zhang and her appointment to The Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra in Milan, and the way that some in the media have highlighted her gender in a way that would never be acceptable for a comparable male conductor. Other recently appointed women include: Joana Carneiro at the Berkeley Symphony, Laura Jackson at the Reno Philharmonic, Anne Manson at the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Teresa Cheung at the Altooa Symphony, Elizabeth Schulze at the Flagstaff Symphony…