Every year, orchestras around the world announce the programs of their upcoming seasons as though it’s an exciting surprise. Don’t get me wrong — the works of Romantic and Classical era composers will never cease to hold a soft spot in my heart. But by adhering to programs full of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Copland, and Mahler, we’re presenting classical music by composers who are white, male, and dead. Continue reading “Popular Programming Preventing Progress”→
The large audience at Oberlin’s Warner Concert Hall experienced something spectacular on Friday evening, but don’t expect to hear about all of it. Due to the fact that Vijay Iyer’s Trouble for violin and chamber orchestra was still being tweaked, the publisher requested that no one review the artistry or the piece itself. Continue reading “What To Say? Not a Lot”→
On April 7th, the Oberlin Sinfonietta performed at Warner Concert Hall under the baton of Timothy Weiss. While the student ensemble has played recent compositions in the past, this time they presented a work so new it has not yet been officially premiered: Vijay Iyer’sTrouble, a violin-concerto-in-progress, written for and featuring Oberlin alum Jennifer Koh.