Monday Link Round Up: March 21, 2016

News to start your week!   The Women Composers Festival of Hartford, which took place March 10-13, included a keynote address by WPA President Liane Curtis.  Conductor Dr. Amelia Nagoski offered her reflection on Liane’s message on her blog, Thoughtful Gestures.   Be also to read the Spring 2016 issue of the Kapralova Society Journal.  (And visit the Kapralova Society homepage to learn more about what they are doing to educate and advocate on behalf of their namesake, Vítězslava Kaprálová, as well as all women composers.)   It was just announced that Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra have signed a recording…

Monday Link Round Up: January 5, 2016

Some news to start your week – and your New Year!   A new month means a new quiz from Into the Light Radio!  Have a listen here and take a guess for a chance to win an orchestral sampler CD from WPA!   The Kapralova Society shared an exciting and inspiring year end review of the great work that is being done to promote the works of Vítězslava Kaprálová and other women composers.   The BBC World Service shared a story about the work of women as conductors and composers.  Listen below:   What did we mis?  Leave a link…

Monday Link Round Up: November 9, 2015

Some links to start the week! Louise Farrenc is BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week!  Listen to the radio show below! I also missed in sharing that BBC Radio 3 also featured Vítězslava Kaprálová as Composer of the Week earlier in October.   Jessica Duchen wrote an opinion piece at Classical Music Magazine about the role of women in music – and the progress being made – in response to an article in October’s edition by Alexandra Coghlan.  Read both pieces here. As always, let us know what we missed in a comment below!

Portrait of the Composer as a Young Woman

As noted earlier, I’m performing in the BARS Concert June 6. I’ve written the program notes for the concert, and here they are! The three pieces on our program today are linked, as our title suggests, by all being composed when their creators were young women, and, as works that served to launch these composers into the world as ambitious artists, working in the monumental arena of the orchestral work.  These pieces, although very different in character and artistic vocabulary, can all be recognized as brilliant artistic successes. We wouldn’t be performing them for you if we were not completely convinced of that!  But…