Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: November 13, 2017

by sarah - November 13th, 2017

News to start your week!

Michael Tilson Thomas has announced that he will be retiring from the San Francisco Symphony.  The San Francisco Chronicle considers who should be given the post – and the importance of having a music director who values the works of women and people of color.


Perhaps the search committee in San Francisco will get some inspiration from this list of Female Conductors to Watch, put together by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post.


Composer Hilary Purrington writes about her process of composition and revision of her third large work for orchestra, Likely Pictures in Haphazard Sky.  A fascinating and insightful read – with  at NewMusicBox.


The Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting together big and exciting plans for their centennial!  Read about the 50 planned commissions, as well as a collaboration with the California African American Museum to honor the work of William Grant Still.  Read more here.

Monday Link Round Up: November 6, 2017

by sarah - November 6th, 2017

Lots of news to start your week!

Anne Midgette has an important piece in The Washington Post about the difficulties women composers continue to face in having their works heard, and new commissions awarded.  (There is funding out there, major orchestras just aren’t interested in using it.)  Read online here.


Ryan Ebright of The New York Times reviews a current production of an opera based on the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony.  First premiered in 1947, music was written by Virgil Thompson with libretto by Gertrude Stein.  The Mother of Us All is distinctly different from so many beloved operas where the female characters are (quite famously) undone.  Learn more about this rarely performed work – and listen in – here.


New principal guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, is making a big impression to concert goers this season.  Music critic Mark Swed offers a profile, and his impressions, of the conductor in the Los Angeles Times.  


And more on the current state of women conductors is offered by Carolyn Watson in Limelight magazine.  Watson, an Australian conductor, will soon be joining the Dallas Opera’s Institute for Women Conductors.  Read her experiences and what she is looking forward to in the upcoming residency here.


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Monday Link Round Up: October 30, 2017

by sarah - October 30th, 2017

News to start your week!

Celebrate Halloween with a soundtrack of music by women composers!  Check out this fantastic YouTube playlist put together by Music Theory Examples by Women!


Composer Lisa Bielawa writes on NewMusicBox about her new serial opera, Vireo.  It is a great read about the work’s long path between inspiration, development, and production – with the work now streaming online!  Read on here.


The shortlist for the British Composers Awards was announced – and or the first time in the competition’s  history, the Orchestral category features an all-female shortlist.  Nominated pieces include works by Helen Grime, Tansy Davies and Emily Howard.  Read on here.


Have you purchased your Listening to Ladies swag yet?  Help support the Compass New Music concert series!



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Monday Link Round Up: October 23, 2017

by sarah - October 23rd, 2017

News to start your week!

Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble celebrated women composers this past weekend in a concert titled “Music She Wrote”.  The concert included works by Jennifer Higdon and Libby Larsen.  New Hampshire Public Radio has the story – read – and listen to the broadcast version – online.


Join the Women Composers Festival of Hartford for a Women in Music Networking Reception on November 10! Learn more at their website – and support their 2018 Festival through their Generosity Campaign.


The Utah Symphony has three new violinists – Hannah Linz, Evgenia Zharzhavskaya and Bonnie Terry.  The Salt Lake Tribune has profiles of each woman – read them here.


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Symphony Number One Comes Home this Weekend

by sarah - October 20th, 2017

This weekend Symphony Number One will present the world premiere of a new work by Carolyn Chen.  The concert, titled “Coming Home”, will take place at the Baltimore War Memorial – the site of the inaugural concert by the ensemble in 2015.

The events this weekend, with concerts on October 21 and 22, will include Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, Chen’s Animalcules, and a new arrangement of the Star-Spangled Banner dedicated to The War Memorial Commission by Mark Maarder, a local veteran and composer.

Carolyn Chen is an internationally acclaimed American composer based in California.  She says this about her music:

I make music to look into the inner lives of things. This can involve the exploration of social spaces (covert operations in a supermarket or blindfolded navigation of a demolished house), or the physical mechanics of everyday objects in motion (spinning tops on a timpani, or rustling heaps of everyday detritus worn as wind-chime-armor on L.A. streets). My work brings music and sound in conversation with space, text, light, and action. Whether translating Orpheus into silent tableaux vivant in rhythms of light and dark, or a Bruckner Adagio into slow-motion facial gymnastics, I mine listening habits for less-traveled paths, working with sound as a physical as well as a social experience.

Learn more about the ensemble on their website – and be sure to listen in to their recordings.  Their third album, More, was recently released and includes Natalie Draper’s Timelapse Variations which was written for the ensemble.