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MacArthur Fellow Courtney Bryan’s Musical Resilience

Composer Courtney Bryan could be considered a musical architect, highly gifted in crafting intricate, introspective, and oftentimes politically charged compositions that immerse you into her sonically compelling world.

The New Orleans native is one of this year’s MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards exceptionally talented individuals to continue their creative, intellectual, or professional endeavors that contribute to the benefit of human society.read more.

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Jeanine Tesori Finds the Right Notes for Emotionally Complex Lives

If you’re a Broadway fan, there’s nothing quite so daunting as an original Broadway musical. Realistically, it could turn out to be a disappointment. On the other hand, it could be the next big thing. When it comes to Kimberly Akimbo, theatre goers can rejoice. This is due in part to the work of Jeanine Tesori, an icon of the musical theatre industry.read more.

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Ethel Smyth: Trailblazing Composer & Committed Feminist

In honor of the USA’s 52nd annual Women’s Equality Day, I’d like to introduce you to Ethel Smyth, an English composer who is currently enjoying a revival of interest here in the UK.

It’s a wonder to me that Ethel’s name isn’t a staple in more households, not just in music, but also in written works, and very importantly, in connection with the Suffragette movement in the early 1900s.read more.

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Composer Rachel Portman is a Mastermind of Movie Music

Today is the seventh anniversary of the release date of Their Finest, a period drama directed by Lone Scherfig about a scriptwriter for propaganda films during the time of the Blitz. The score of the film had to take the viewer back in time to the 40’s, while bolstering the high stakes and drama, and balancing the romantic elements of the plot.read more.

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