News to start your week!
Cuban composer Tania León is writing an opera about the Little Rock Nine – the first African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957. NBC News included a story on the coming opera September 25, before the work was presented in previews. The New York Times follows up after the first performance, which included several members of the original 9 in the audience.
The Library of Congress Performance Arts blog, In The Muse, explores the research trail that retired cataloger Sharon McKinely followed from a piece of sheet music by May Vincenza. It’s quick but insightful look at the impact of immigrants, as composers and publishers, in American music history.
Help support the Women Composers Festival of Hartford through their Generosity.com campaign! There is some excellent swag as a thank you gift to those who contribute!
Listening to Ladies is now selling shirts to help start conversations, and dispel myths, about who writes and conducts music. All proceeds benefit the Compass New Music Series, which focuses on presenting music by women, nonbinary, and genderqueer composers.
What did we miss? What are you reading?