Women's Philharmonic Advocacy

Monday Link Round Up: December 12, 2016

by sarah - December 12th, 2016

News to start your week!

Congratulations to Jennifer Higdon on two Grammy Nominations!  The new recording of Higdon’s first opera, Cold Mountain,  has been nominated for the Best Opera Recording as well as the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.  Read more at the Albuquerque Journal Winners will be announced February 12.

Elizabeth Blair, composer and Listening to Ladies podcast creator, has added her thoughts to the conversation about Kaija Saariaho’s historic premiere.  Her piece, published by Second Inversion, looks at the life and careers of Saarhiaho with Ethel Smyth.  It’s a must read!

And speaking of Listening to Ladies – don’t forget to catch the latest episode with Jessie Montgomery.

Kenny O’Brien has a profile of Pauline Oliveros at The New Yorker.  The electronic music pioneer who championed “deep listening” passed in late November.

American composer Andrew Norman is the recipient of the Grawemeyer Award – a prestigious award for contemporary composers.  In The New York Times Norman used the award as an opportunity to speak out about the importance of diversity in concert halls – and we applaud him for doing so!   Read it here.

As always, let us know what we missed!  What are you reading?  Leave a link and comment below!

Monday Link Round Up: May 2, 2016

by sarah - May 2nd, 2016

News to start your week!


Tim Rutherford-Johnson reviews Liza Lim’s new opera, Tree of Codes, in Limelight Magazine.  His take: it should not be missed!


Charlotte Higgins of The Guardian reviews the just published book, Songs and Sweet Airs by Anna Beer, a history of eight European women composers.  Read more about the book here.


The Chicago Maroon has a conversation with composer Stacy Garrop.  The “woman composer” question is addressed – as is what it was like to be a student of Shulamit Ran.  Read the full interview here.


NewMusicBox shares a conversation with composer and violinist Jessie Montgomery.  Read more here, and don’t miss the video below:


As always – what did we miss?  Leave a comment with a link!

The Dream Unfinished – Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights

by sarah - July 17th, 2015

Many recent events have underscored the continued presence of racism in the United States, with instances of racially motivated violence make headlines from Ferguson to Baltimore to Charleston to New York City.  Throughout the country these issues are being debated and calls to action are being made.  Today, Friday July 17, prominent voices of the classical music community will be added to the rising tide.

A concert entitled “The Dream Unfinished: A Symphonic Benefit for Civil Rights” will take place in New York City and all money raised will go to several organizations including: Center for Constitutional Rights; Justice League NYC; Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul; and the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice.

Watch the promotional video for the event here:

The program for the evening will include several works by William Grant Still, two works by Leonard Bernstein, and the World Premiere of a new work by Jessie Montgomery.  Montgomery has long been associated with the Sphinx Organization, and will also be Composer-Educator for the Albany Symphony (2015-16).

As WPA President Liane Curtis already discussed, Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater” would also make an excellent choice for this event – or a future one.

If you aren’t able to attend the concert, you can consider donating towards the cause.