Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

Miriam Gideon's "Fortunato" Premiered

We were thrilled to hear the stream of Miriam Gideon’s 1958 chamber opera, Fortunato, last week. This was the world premiere of this work, which Gideon apparently wrote hoping that it would be performed by the NBC Opera Theatre.  She composed it in three acts, and orchestrated the first act.  While her hope was that it would be performed, there was no plan, so was a real labor of love, to write a major work with no expectation hearing it.  The story of how this premiere was brought about is worth discussing, but that will be one of the details…

Monday Link Roundup: April 3, 2017

News to start your week! Bang on a Can is preparing a marathon in honor of their 30th anniversary!  The ensemble, which boasts Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe as a co-founder, will host the concert on May 6 at the Brooklyn Museum.  Featured composers will include Julia Wolfe, Meredith Monk, Caroline Shaw, and many others!  Read more at Sequenza21.   Don’t miss the latest episode of Listening to Ladies!  Elizabeth Blair chats with composer and conductor Whitney George.  Follow the link, or listen below:   Frank Oteri at NewMusicBox shares a great conversation he had with composer and violist Martha…