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Passing the Baton: From Isbin And Hauser To Bellingham Symphony Music Director Yaniv Attar

Conducting a symphony orchestra is hard. It takes a special set of skills to bring out just the right sound from a stage full of players. Even after Bellingham Symphony’s Music Director Yaniv Attar finished his studies with legendary classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, he found that she still had a thing or two to teach him about conducting. Continue Reading Passing the Baton: From Isbin And Hauser To Bellingham Symphony Music Director Yaniv Attar

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Black Voices In Classical Music

Classical music has historically been dominated by white voices. Black composers and musicians have been silenced and barred from musical careers, with a long history of not receiving proper credit for their contributions, and even so far as being kept from being audience members for much of music history. But the future of classical music is diverse and inclusive and African American Music Appreciation Month, as well as Juneteenth, has inspired NWPB Classical to compile a list of black voices in classical music that need to be heard. Continue Reading Black Voices In Classical Music

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Passing The Baton: Professor of Flute and Music History Dr. Sophia Tegart

The last time orchestras had a regular concert season, few works by female composers were played. In fact, less then 9% of music programmed by the top orchestras in the U.S. were by women composers. Where are all the women? Dr. Sophia Tegart, professor of flute and music history at Washington State University is making sure they take a prominent place in her classroom. Continue Reading Passing The Baton: Professor of Flute and Music History Dr. Sophia Tegart

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Music Moment: Ethel Smyth And Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf was lounging in her pajamas in bed one morning when her doorbell rang. A visitor? That was the last thing she expected that day. But, expected or not, there came the sounds of footsteps: through the foyer, up the staircase and down the hall — a moment later into her room, and into her life, burst the composer, writer and suffragette Ethel Smyth. Continue Reading Music Moment: Ethel Smyth And Virginia Woolf

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