by sarah - October 17th, 2016
News to start your week!
The third episode of the Listening to Ladies podcast is live! Listen here to a conversation with composer and sound artist Anna Höstman.
The New York Philharmonic performed a new work by Kaija Saariaho at the Park Avenue Armory this past week. The Guardian has a review. (Friday also marked Saariaho’s birthday! Find out more composer birthdays with the WPA Calendar!)
No doubt as a reflection upon this concert, Alex Ross featured a “Saariaho Moment” on his blog.
Madeline Smith is already an experienced conductor at age 24. Now, Playbill has announced that she will be the youngest woman to conduct on Broadway when she takes the baton for the current production of Waitress. (It is also notable that Waitress has an all-female creative team.) Read more here.
Clair Chase, founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is stepping down from her role. The New York Times has a profile of her work as a performer and arts administrator.
As always – let us know what we missed, and what you’ve been reading!
by sarah - October 12th, 2016
The annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford is an event not to be missed, and we are excited to know that planning for the 2017 festival is already well underway. The four day event always includes amazing concerts, papers, workshops, and conversations about the value and merit of the under-performed work by women composers, and what can be done to change the tide.
This 2017 Festival will take place March 30-April 2 and feature Paula Matthusen as composer-in residence and the string trio forty/sixty as a guest ensemble.
Each year the Festival invites open submissions for scores for specific instrumentations, as well as a call for papers & presentations and a call for participation for the music marathon. The deadline for (some not all) of these calls for submissions has been extended until November 1st, so don’t miss your opportunity to be involved in this always thrilling and invigorating weekend of music! Find out more information here.
For those people not able to participate or attend, there are still great ways to help support the important work being done. The Women Composers Festival Fall fundraiser is now underway at Indiegogo.com, and includes some pretty amazing thank you gifts. (Because, really, who doesn’t want stemless wine glasses with a portrait of Nadia Boulanger on them?!?) Support starts at just $5 and every bit can go a long way to make sure that the Festival continues to engage, inspire, and educate about the work of historic and contemporary women composers.
Find out more below!
by sarah - October 10th, 2016
News to start your week!
Composer Patricia Morehead writes about her experiences as a young composer starting out in Chicago, and as a founder of CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Read about her full and exciting career, and work to promote new music and support the work of women composers, at NewMusicBox.
Don’t miss the second episode of the new Listening to Ladies podcast – a conversation with Pamela Z! Listen here! And learn about how you can help support this new podcast on the LtL website.
Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bassist and founder of Chineke!, Europe’s first orchestra comprised of black and minority ethnic classical musician, was just awarded a Black Business Award. Read about the award here and her advocacy for blind auditions here.
NPR music has a conversation with Jayne and Wayne Henderson, a father-daughter luthier duo. Read the story on the NPR website, or listen below:
As always, let us know what we missed! What are you reading? Leave a link in a comment below!
by sarah - October 7th, 2016
There are so many great concerts happening each weekend! Here are a few highlights for the end of September:
The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, winner of a 2015 WPA Performance Grant, opened their season with Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 2 on September 22.
The New England Conservatory, one of the premiere music schools in the United States, included Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry in the NEC Philharmonie’s performance on September 28.
And there is more to come! This weekend will see two concerts that shouldn’t be missed:
The Michigan Philharmonic, led by Nan Washburn, has committed to performing at least one work by a woman composer in each concert this season. The first event is October 8, with Katherine Hoover’s Four Winds Flute Concerto featuring flautist Amy Porter.
On October 9 the Chicago Composers Orchestra, winner of a 2015 Performance Grant, will be performing at the Ear Taxi Festival, giving the world premiere two new works – Olivia Block’s Lazarus and Kathleen Ginther’s Lake Effect. Find out more here.
Have a listen to some of the above mentioned works, and other music by these composers, below:
Already so many exciting concerts happening this season – and many, many more to come! Be sure to follow the blog, and subscribe to the WPA Newsletter, to stay up to date with all of the concerts to come. There is also still time to apply for a WPA Performance Grant in the Fall 2016 grant cycle – application deadline is October 14. Learn more about the grant , discover repertoire suggestions, and apply online here.
by sarah - October 6th, 2016
A new month means a new addition to the WPA Calendar! The October, 2016 is now live and ready to be downloaded! Get your copy today and never miss an opportunity to celebrate the life and work of women composers.
Get your copy here!