News to start your week!
NewMusicBox has a fantastic piece by composer Emily Doolittle about composing fits into motherhood. A hugely important – and not often discussed – topic. Doolittle’s article brings great insight and context into this issue. It’s a must read for everyone! Find it here!
Composer and columnist Mohammed Fairouz shares insights at NPR about the gross imbalance of representation for works by women composers in concert halls. (The figure he quotes is 1.8% works performed are by women.) It’s a fantastic call for more inclusiveness and diversity across the board – read it here.
We mentioned the celebration year of Bang on a Can earlier in April – but be sure to read through the New York Times piece that chats with the founding members, including Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe.
In a great week of news from the New York Times, they also have a conversation with Chi-chi Nwanoku, the founder of Chineke!, Europe’s first orchestra comprised entirely of minority musicians. Nwanoku discusses the importance of the ensemble, especially in terms of representation in concert halls. Read on here.
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