Opera Profile: Julia Perry’s ‘The Symplegades’ – The Opera That Took 10 Years to Write

Photo: David Lees/Getty Images Among the many criminally unrecognized names in the American classical music canon, African-American female composer Julia Perry (1924-1979) represents the hidden aspect of the Black African-American compositional experience.  Alongside other composers like Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Nora Holt, and male composers like William Grant Still, Vicente Lusitano, and “Black Mozart” Joseph Bologne, Perry’s contribution to America’s {…}

The Orchestra Now to Premiere Scott Wheeler’s ‘Birds of America’ at Carnegie Hall

(Credit: Photo by Trans-Siberian Art Festival) On Nov. 18, 2021, The Orchestra Now will give its first Carnegie Hall concert of the season. The program will feature the world premiere of award-winning composer Scott Wheeler’s “Birds of America,” performed by violinist Gil Shaham, as well as the venue’s first full performance of Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater,” performed by mezzo-soprano Briana {…}