Monday Link Round Up: July 24, 2017

News to start your week! BBC Radio 4’s “Behind the Scenes” looks at Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s work during her first year as Music Director of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  Listen online here.   Conductor Amy Andersson is organizing a new ensemble, Orchestra Moderne NYC.  The inaugural concert will happen in October at Carnegie Hall.  The first concert, which celebrates the legacy of immigration to the United States, includes Overture to Light by Emmy-winning composer Lolita Ritmanis.  Learn more here.   Composer Wang Jie is working on a new opera, It Rained on Shakopee, after being inspired by inmates while running workshops…

Summer with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

Summer with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra

That Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra has an exciting summer season of concerts planned is no surprise – after all, their tagline is: “Performing diverse music for chamber orchestra.”  That diversity is represented in creative and innovative programming that shares with their audiences works that are not typically heard. The LSCO, which is now in it’s 29th season, was established to provide high quality concerts in the summer months.  Under the direction of Warren Friesen the ensemble has thrived and drawn a wide and diverse audience from in and around the Duluth, MN area.  We at WPA are proud that the LSCO was…

Wang Jie on the Fast Track

In a relatively short time Wang Jie has made quite an impression on the classical music establishment. Last June the Orchestra of the League of Composers premiered Wang’s Oboe Concerto for the Genuine Hearts of Sadness, a work it had commissioned with funding in part from the WPA’s 2012 Performance Grants. The New York Times described the piece as a “virtuosic vehicle for the New York Philharmonic’s principal oboist…ventured from primal split tones and ritualistic gestures through a tender soliloquy to a frenetic, percussion-driven finale.” The Times had previously praised Wang’s “clear, lucid and evocative music” in reviewing her 15-minute chamber…

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Project 440

In celebration of their fortieth year, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra established Project 440 to commission four separate works from four contemporary composers.  Working together with WQXR 105.9 FM in New York they invited listeners to become an active part of the selection process.  After a panel of “artists and industry experts” nominated a group of 60 candidates listeners were invited to explore composer biographies and audio samples, leaving comments and their attempts to sway the selection committee. Of the four final composers was one woman, Cynthia Wong.  She was one of three women to make it to the second round…