Gigi Yellen moved to Seattle in 1986. Grateful for the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty, she appreciates the contrast between this region’s climate and that of her native Houston, Texas! At Wellesley College, she acquired a good ear for iambic pentameter (thanks to an emphasis on jazz rhythms by her freshman English teacher, America’s future poet laureate, Robert Pinsky) and a passion for music history. As a graduate student in Spanish at Rice University, her work at campus station KTRU led her to become the first female announcer on Houston’s classical music station, then known as KLEF.
Gigi has interviewed, hosted, and written about classical music for radio stations from coast to coast. In addition to her music-related writing, Gigi has co-authored a memoir of a World War II survivor’s life. A lifelong learner of ancient texts, a professor’s spouse, the mother of two Seattle-raised sons and a long-distance grandma, she credits her music literacy to a great public elementary school music program.
Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families. CREDIT PETER… Continue Reading Julia Wolfe’s Oratorio: A Win For Women Composers
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