Women at the Symphony (Part 2): Missy Mazzoli and Women in Composition

While contemplating the problem of women’s underrepresentation in orchestra seasons (see Part 1 here), I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. Mazzoli has one of the most exciting careers of any composer working today; her work is performed all over the world, prominent artists have…

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Women at the Symphony (Part 1)

When was the last time you went to a subscription concert at a major symphony orchestra and heard a program of pieces all composed by women? When was the last time you heard a program of pieces written exclusively by men? Like most people, my respective answers to those questions are “never” and “almost always.”…

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Special Project: Chicago Speaks, Chicago Listens

When I began researching the kinds of programs the Civic Orchestra of Chicago engages in, I noticed that most of them focused on taking people and ideas from Symphony Center and bringing them out into other communities. Civic often collaborates with other individuals and organizations, but it generally does so in their communities. There is…

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