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BostonGlobe.com: Lifting the baton to bring composers of color into the canon

Thomas Wilkins (John Blanding/Globe Staff) Boston Globe By David Weininger Globe Correspondent   March 21, 2019 There was a joke that, earlier in his career, Thomas Wilkins and his fellow black conductors would share knowingly. “The joke was: We were always really busy in February,” he said by phone during a recent interview. February, of course, is Black History Month, during which “orchestras wanted repertoire by African-American composers...
Tags: Religion, Sierra, Black History Month, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Wilkins, Ellington, Samuel Barber, BSO, William J Zick, Florence Price, Hailstork, Adolphus Hailstork, Thomas Wilkins, Roberto Sierra


Hoodline.com: Thomas Wilkins conducts Hailstork, Sierra, Price and Ellington

James Carter Hoodline Also on Saturday, Thomas Wilkins, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Germeshausen youth and family concerts conductor, makes his subscription series debut. The concert highlights the music of three African-American composers — Adolphus Hailstork, Florence Price and Duke Ellington — and a concerto Puerto Rico-born Robert Sierra wrote for the night's guest, jazz saxophonist James Carter. When: Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. Where: Boston Symphony Hall,...
Tags: Massachusetts, Religion, Puerto Rico, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Ellington, William J Zick, Boston Symphony Hall, James Carter, Thomas Wilkins, Robert Sierra, Hailstork Sierra Price, James Carter Hoodline, Germeshausen, Adolphus Hailstork Florence Price


Tulsa Symphony’s New Executive Director: Keith Elder Of Aspen Festival

“Keith C. Elder, whose career as a performing arts administrator has included stints with such prestigious organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music, has been named the new executive director of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.” – Tulsa World
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music, 03.13.19, Tulsa Symphony, Keith C Elder


Interview: Chuck Israels

Bassist Chuck Israels is probably best known for his work in the Bill Evans Trio between 1961 and 1966—a golden, delicate period for Evans. But Chuck also played with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Hampton, Hawes, Dave Pike, Gerry Mulligan and many other jazz greats. Chuck also has had a vast playing and recording career as a leader of his own groups. On March 6, Chuck will be in New York for a rare performance at Dizzy's Coca-Cola (go here). The Chuck Israels Sextet features Chuck on...
Tags: Europe, Chuck, John Lewis, New York, Hollywood, Sweden, Boston, Billie, Bbc, Mit, Harvard, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, Bud, Paris, Broadway


Boston Symphony And Principal Flute Elizabeth Rowe Settle Equal-Pay Lawsuit

“A landmark pay-discrimination lawsuit filed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s star flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, has been settled out of court after successful mediation between the two sides. ‘While the details of the resolution are confidential, all those involved in the process are satisfied with the result,’ according to a joint statement from the BSO and Rowe issued by the orchestra Thursday afternoon.” – Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA)
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rowe, BSO, Elizabeth Rowe, 02.14.19


TheGazette.com: Concerts explore forgotten works by African-American female composers

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)  Classical composer Florence Beatrice Price, born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1887, and died in Chicago in 1953, was the first African-American woman to have a symphony played by a major American orchestra. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the world premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor on June 15, 1933, during Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition. Her music for violin and piano will be performed Saturday at the University of Northern Iowa’s...
Tags: Religion, Chicago, Arkansas, Iowa, Smith, Florence, Yale University, Northwestern University, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hughes, University of Northern Iowa, Little Rock Ark, Iowa City, Juilliard, University of Iowa


NPR.org: Revisiting The Pioneering Composer Florence Price

Florence B. Price (1887-1953) Naxos 8.559827 (2019) National Public Radio Tom Huizenga January 21, 2019 In 1933, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra gave the world premiere of Symphony No. 1 by a then little-known composer named Florence Price. The performance marked the first time a major orchestra played music by an African-American woman. Price's First Symphony, along with her Fourth, has just been released on an album featuring the Fort Smith Symphony, ...
Tags: Boston, Religion, America, Chicago, Angola, Npr, Florence, Dvorak, Lincoln Memorial, Little Rock, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, Marian Anderson, William J Zick, Frederick Stock


The 61st GRAMMY Awards nominations 2019 – Complete list

The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are here revealing what has been shortlisted as the best in music and legacy music for 2019. Here are all of the nominations for each category of the famed award ceremony. GENERAL FIELD 1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist. I LIKE IT Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie B...
Tags: Featured, 2019, Awards Ceremony, Grammy, Grammy Awards, Grammy's, Music, Nominations, Nominees, Recording Academy, Shows


Boston Symphony Orchestra finds itself in a gender pay gap saga

The orchestra's principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, found out she makes about $65,000 less than the male oboe player next to her.
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Kenny, Tippi and Chuck

This past week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Kenny Rogers and Don Schlitz on The Gambler for my "Anatomy of a Song" column (go here). Don wrote the song and Kenny recorded it in 1978, sending The Gambler to #1 on Billboard's country chart and to #8 on the pop chart. Both Kenny and Don won Grammy Awards for the song. Here's Kenny on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in September 1978, months before the album and single were released... Also in the WSJ, I interviewed film ...
Tags: Chuck, Minneapolis, Dave, David, Broadway, Jazz, Alfred Hitchcock, Wall Street Journal, Jj, Donald, Kevin Smith, Don, Jim, Kenny, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Duke Ellington


Two Star Conductors Faced #MeToo Allegations. Now They’re Back.

After orchestras severed ties, Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit are appearing across Europe, and Mr. Gatti is the new music director of the Rome Opera.
Tags: Europe, Music, News, Italy, Classical Music, Charles, Opera, Sexual Harassment, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Martha, Die Welt, Daniele, Daniele Gatti, Dutoit, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Charles Dutoit


Last Week In Music Commentary

This week in music commentary, we explored whether or not the Boston Symphony Orchestra is sexist, Facebook does its darndest to explain away giving Spotify and Netflix access to private messages, and one music journalist reveals how a single beat is killing Country music. The Boston Symphony Orchestra: Is It Sexist? Facebook Struggles To Explain Why It Gave Spotify, Netflix Access To Private Messages Spotify Responds To Facebook Private Data Controversy How One Beat...
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The Boston Symphony Orchestra: Is It Sexist?

Like almost all industries, the music business is no stranger to sexism, and while this issue usually manifests most often in genres like pop music, it turns out the classical scene has its share of sexism and discrimination as well, as a recent incident at the Boston Symphony Orchestra reveals. _______________________________ Guest post by Professor   David Philp of William Paterson University's MusicBiz 101 You think the world of pop music is sexist.  Wait until you re...
Tags: Music, America, Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Paterson University, Rowe, BSO, Elizabeth Rowe, David Philp, Steve Marcone, Musicbiz, John Ferrillo, Ferrillo


Making music American: a playlist from 1917

The entrance of the United States into World War I on 6 April 1917 inspired a flood of new music from popular songwriters. Simultaneously, the first recording of instrumental jazz was released in April 1917, touching off a fad for the new style and inspiring record companies to promote other artists before year’s end. Victor and Columbia, the industry leaders, developed technological innovations that made possible the first recordings of a full symphony orchestra. These recordings are a sample o...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Books, Music, Featured, Congress, France, Germany, US, Indiana, History, United States, Paris, World War I, Manhattan, Jazz


Lawsuit Against Boston Symphony Orchestra Exposes Extensive Gender Pay Gap

Rachel Martin talks to Geoff Edgers of The Washington Post about a lawsuit brought against the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has put a spotlight on the gender pay gap in the classical music world.
Tags: News, The Washington Post, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rachel Martin, Geoff Edgers, Lawsuit Against Boston Symphony Orchestra


John Malveaux: Boston Symphony Orchestra Commissions Julius P. Williams

Julius Penson Williams John Malveaux of  www.MusicUNTOLD.com   writes: Congratulation to Julius P. Williams, Andrew List and Elena Roussanova who have been honored as the first composers artists, clinicians with the Boston Symp hony Orchestra in Residence Composers’ Project. They are commissioned to write three new works for chamber orchestra for the 2020 Boston Symphony Orchestra Season.   Please see Award letter and pic of Julius P. Williams [Auth...
Tags: Religion, Boston Symphony Orchestra, William J Zick, John Malveaux, Julius P Williams, Elena Roussanova, Julius Penson Williams John Malveaux, Julius P Williams Andrew List, Boston Symp hony Orchestra


Sergio Mims: NYTimes.com: A Rediscovered African-American Female Composer

The composer Florence B. Price,  whose catalog has been acquired by the music publisher G. Schirmer.    (Credit  University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections) Sergio A. Mims writes: In a  major announcement the international music publisher G. Schirmer has announced that it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to all of Florence Price's music. The New York Times Michael Cooper November 15, 2018 A Rediscovered African-American ...
Tags: Religion, Chicago, New York Times, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Cooper, Little Rock Ark, Langston Hughes, Dubois, Robert Thompson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, William J Zick, Florence Price, Sergio A Mims, Sergio Mims, Serge Koussevitzky, G Schirmer


A Road Trip from Boston: A Two Week Mix n Match Massachusetts Driving Itinerary

Striped lighthouses, whaling ports, white churches and the fledgling days of modern America right up to the space race and beyond. Give Massachusetts two weeks on the open road and she will give you a salty-aired, wide-eyed look at America, with a serving of clam chowder on the side.After this road trip from Boston, America may seem older. But you’ll feel younger.Here’s how to make it happen. one Massachusetts Itinerary Mix n match road trips from Boston: Cape Ann, Plymouth, Cape...
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A Road Trip from Boston: A Two Week Massachusetts Driving Itinerary

Striped lighthouses, whaling ports, white churches and the fledgling days of modern America right up to the space race and beyond. Give Massachusetts two weeks on the open road and she will give you a salty-aired, wide-eyed look at America, with a serving of clam chowder on the side.After this road trip from Boston, America may seem older. But you’ll feel younger.Here’s how to make it happen. A Massachusetts Itinerary 1 – Boston 2 - Salem and Cape Ann Salem Cape Ann 3 – Plymouth...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, UK, England, Boston, Massachusetts, US, America, World, Atlantic, United States, New Hampshire, Northampton, Manchester, Manhattan


Prom 67: The Boston Symphony Orchestra play Mahler’s Third

Mahler and I, at least in the concert hall, parted company over a decade ago - and with his Third Symphony it has been an even longer abandonment, fifteen years. Reviewing can nurture great love for music; but it can also become so obsessive for a single composer it can make one profoundly unresponsive to their music. This was my tragedy with Mahler.
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Top U.S. Organist, Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, Loses Positions At Oberlin And Holy Cross

“James David Christie, widely regarded as one of the greatest organists of his generation, has resigned his post as distinguished artist-in-residence at the College of the Holy Cross … He has also left Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was a professor of organ and chair of the organ department. Christie has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since at least 1980, and he served as Wellesley College organist for years. A group of former students wrote Holy Cross president Rev. Phili...
Tags: Art, Music, Oberlin, Christie, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin College, Holy Cross, Wellesley College, 08.24.18, James David Christie, Rev Philip L Boroughs


John Williams composition about ghost making world premiere

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — A new John Williams composition about a ghost said to have scared Leonard Bernstein is making its world premiere. “Highwood’s Ghost, an Encounter for Harp, Cello, and Orchestra” will be performed Sunday at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The ghost haunts Highwood House, a building […]
Tags: News, Massachusetts, Ap, John Williams, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Leonard Bernstein, Highwood, Nation & World, LENOX Mass, Highwood House


Randy Weston: Music is Life Itself

Video presentations and photography by Molly Sheridan Transcription by Julia Lu It has been more than three quarters of a century since the bebop revolution transformed how people made music together. So it is not surprising that so few musicians who came to prominence during that era are no longer with us, especially since so many—like Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope, Eric Dolphy, and on and on–had tragically short lives. But what is more surprising is that one of thes...
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Review: Lang Lang, Classical Music’s Superstar, Returns Quietly

The famously flamboyant pianist seemed like a new man at Tanglewood, in his first major performance since an injury last year left him largely out of commission.
Tags: News, Classical Music, Mass, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Lang Lang, Tanglewood Music Festival (Lenox, Lang Lang Classical Music


World-class musician says she makes 75% of what her male counterparts make. Now she's suing.

The top flutist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra is suing the group because she says she makes only 75% of what a male counterpart makes.
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Boston Symphony Orchestra flautist files lawsuit over unequal pay

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe is suing her employers for $200,000 in damages. The reason: her closest counterpart in the orchestra, a man, is making a shitload more money for doing almost the same damn job as she does. Rowe’s lawsuit was filed one day after the state of Massachusetts brought its equal pay law into effect. Before slamming the Boston Symphony Orchestra with her suit, Rowe attempted, on a number of occasions, to sort the issue of the pay gap out amiably...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Boston, Massachusetts, Equality, Lawsuits, Npr, Equal Pay, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rowe, Boston Symphony, BSO, Elizabeth Rowe, John Ferrillo, Ferrillo


A world-class musician says she makes 75% of what her male counterparts make. Now she is suing

The top flutist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra is suing the group because she says she makes only 75% of what a male counterpart makes.
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World class flutist says she makes 75% of what Boston symphony's timpani player earns

The top flutist at the Boston Symphony Orchestra is suing the group because she says she makes only 75% of what a male counterpart makes.
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Star Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Over Pay Equity

The orchestra’s principal flutist says in a lawsuit that her pay is only 75 percent that of the principal oboist, who is a man.
Tags: News, Classical Music, John, Discrimination, Elizabeth, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rowe, Wages and Salaries, Women and Girls, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Ferrillo, Star Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Over Pay Equity


Lang Lang Is Back At The Piano After A Year Of Injury – Here’s Why That’s Such A Big Deal

“His return to the stage on Friday — to headline the season opener at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in the Berkshires — is being closely watched not only by his fans, but also by the music industry. … The select group of artists who can still sell out concerts on the strength of their names includes Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Renée Fleming — and Mr. Lang.” Michael Cooper explains what kept Lang Lang away from playing and what’s at stake now.
Tags: Art, Music, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Lang Lang, Berkshires, Renee Fleming, 07.04.18, Yo Yo Ma Itzhak Perlman Joshua Bell, Lang Michael Cooper