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Top 10 Living Women Composers
Talking about gender has become more important than ever. According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. Here, we look at some of the most boundary-pushing female artists working today, from Yoko Ono to Annea Lockwood.
Accessing the future with Kronos Quartet
“When I was starting out in high school, there was no such thing as African string quartet music”. We speak to David Harrington, founder of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, to discuss the group's Fifty for the Future project, which aims to build a new string quartet repertoire for the 21st century. Find out how the group is helping young string quartets to play Inuit throat music and Egyptian wedding rave.
Contemporary festivals
Trojan Women © National Theatre of KoreaTechnology and spirituality at Holland Festival
Esoterica from Armenia, video game operas, algorithmic audiovisuals and more.
Music for 18 Musicians at Bergen International Festival © Paal Audestad/NMH/Bergen International FestivalContemporary music festivals for 2018
We run down some of the festivals that no self-respecting new music fan should miss out on.
John Harris © Wattie CheungNew Music Dublin: iconoclastic and eclectic
An introduction to the latest iteration of Dublin’s foremost contemporary music festival.
Festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije © Colin SamuelsA guide to contemporary music festivals
Contemporary music lovers often find it hard to quench their thirst for new music.
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OssUnboxing Ballet

Unboxing Ballet
Minkus, Muhly
Hans van Manen; Marius Petipa; Joseph Mazilier; Rachel Beaujean; Daniela Cardim; MIlena Sidorova; Ernst Meisner; Dutch National Ballet's Junior Company; Oliver Haller

LondonTenebrae & Britten Sinfonia

Tenebrae & Britten Sinfonia
Poulenc, Victoria, MacMillan
Britten Sinfonia; Nigel Short; Tenebrae

RigaGood Friday Concert. Stabat Mater.

Good Friday Concert. Stabat Mater.
Karlsons, MacMillan
Sinfonietta Rīga; Sigvards Kļava; Latvian Radio Choir
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A Man of Good Hope: powerful and politically charged drama

A Man of Good Hope © Keith Pattison

The Insango Ensemble’s fast-paced production is a poingnant reminder of the damage colonialism has inflicted upon Africa

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Renaud Capuçon opens the Aix Easter Festival with Cinéma

Renaud Capuçon and Geoffrey Styles © Caroline Doutre
A dashing, captivating concert, lacking only a few mood-changers to stimulate the audience’s eager receptors.
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Alonzo King's LINES Ballet goes wild

Maya Harr, Babatunji and Madeline DeVries in Pole Star © Manny Crisostomo
A projection of green sky above shadowy mountains hovered behind their duet, and the curved bodies of the other dancers moved, barely visible, in the darkness of downstage.
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