The Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 season will prove to be a testament to the progress of women in the field. Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, and her heralded composition, "L'Amour de Loin," will be featured during the season, which marks a milestone victory as the piece is the first from a woman in over a century.
Ostrava, a smallish Czech city of some 300,000 people about 10 kilometers from the Polish border, hosts the biennial Ostrava Days, a small festival, itself, but with audiences usually numbering a couple hundred. Both city and fest think big. In recent years, Ostrava has seen a remarkable amount of development via commerce and construction, as well as a laudable push to renovate the industrial facilities if its mining past into theaters, galleries and other art spaces. For its part, Ostrava Days is oriented toward big music--the 2015 edition even featuring a night of works for three orchestras--all the while making room for smaller-scale compositions.
Columbia University’s “Bach, Revisited” series pairs a work by a living composer with the Bach work that inspired it. These concerts at the Miller Theatre will be curated by the composers--Kaija Saariaho, Joan Tower and Steve Reich--who will also participate in onstage discussions about their works.
Classicalites, George Fetner needs your help. As we told you in this week's Quickies, the composer, administrator, guitarist and all-around good guy is raising money, via Kickstarter, to put out his debut album of computer-generated compositions--'Beneath the Ice.'
Senegalese griot Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are this year's Polar Music Prize laureates.