Music & Culture

Classical Music Posts

Women’s History Music Moment: Sarah Ioannides

Symphony Tacoma’s Sarah Ioannides is making history. Her Arrival in Tacoma in 2014 as the orchestra’s first woman music director brought Symphony Tacoma into what its calling “the era of Sarah.”

Her energetic work on and off the podium has powered Symphony Tacoma into partnerships and performances expanding access to students and audiences beyond the historic Pantages theater, even before the pandemic made online concerts a regular part of life. Find out more about Symphony2U, Mini Maestros and SimplySymphonic and about the history making career of maestra Sarah Ioannides at SymphonyTacoma.ORG  Continue Reading Women’s History Music Moment: Sarah Ioannides

Read More »
Lara Downes. Her recent album, Phenomenal Women, featured recordings of compositions by Black female composers whose legacies have been overlooked by the classical establishment. CREDIT: Max Barrett/Courtesy of the artist

With Her Recording Series ‘Rising Sun,’ Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

Lara Downes will release a mini-album every month, for as long as she can keep it up, to highlight overlooked and forgotten compositions by Black artists in the classical music tradition. In honor of Women’s History Month, its latest entry focuses on some overlooked and under-appreciated bodies of work by women composers and performers. Continue Reading With Her Recording Series ‘Rising Sun,’ Lara Downes Re-Centers Black Composers

Read More »
Gustavo Dudamel during a press conferece on Sept. 30, 2009 in LA, around the time he was named the music director of the LA Philharmonic. Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

Gustavo Dudamel And L.A. Philharmonic Reunite For Socially Distanced Virtual Concert Series

The concerts the LA Phil recorded last summer and fall are featured on the Sound/Stage series, which streams on its website. The first season opened with an episode called “Love in the Time of COVID,” complete with overhead shots of the lonely Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles, and a reading of a Pablo Neruda poem. Continue Reading Gustavo Dudamel And L.A. Philharmonic Reunite For Socially Distanced Virtual Concert Series

Read More »
Black and white photo of Alice Greenough Orr.

Past As Prologue: How Northwest Women In Rodeo Changed Perceptions Of Ability

The women athletes of early rodeo provide a broader understanding of women’s roles in rural history. Several top cowgirls like Fannie Sperry Steele, Mabel Strickland, and the Greenough sisters were born and raised on ranches across the Northwest. By studying these women, we have learned that women gentled and trained horses, moved cattle, and managed ranch duties.   Continue Reading Past As Prologue: How Northwest Women In Rodeo Changed Perceptions Of Ability

Read More »